World Cup group draw: England face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia

Updated: December 1, 2017
World Cup group draw: England face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia

England have been drawn with Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in World Cup Group G and will surely be confident.

Gareth Southgate’s team avoided the likes of Argentina, Brazil and Germany and will play their opening match against Tunisia on Monday 18 June (7pm).

The Three Lions then face Panama on Sunday 24 June (1pm) before taking on Belgium on Thursday 28 June (7pm).

Hosts Russia will play Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 14 June.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winners, will play Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, after they were drawn in a group along with Morocco and Iran.

Holders Germany were drawn with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea while five-times winners Brazil will play Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Lionel Messi’s Argentina side will take on Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. France were drawn with Australia, Peru and Denmark.

England have never lost to Belgium at a major tournament and have only lost one of their 21 matches against them.

But Belgium’s current team, managed by Roberto Martinez, have been hailed as a “golden generation” with a wealth of Premier League talent including Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen.

After the draw, England full back Kyle Walker tweeted a photo of himself spitting out water, with the caption: “When you find out you gotta play @DeBruyneKev and @VincentKompany #WorldCupDraw #WC2018.”

If England make the last 16, they will meet Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan on 2 July or 3 July.