England to learn World Cup draw fate
- Author: Santos West Dec 03, 2017,
Dec 03, 2017, 0:35
After meeting England in Volgograd, Tunisia - appearing at their fifth finals, and first since 2006 - meet Belgium in Moscow on 23 June before finishing against Panama in Saransk on 28 June.
Southgate feels the current Belgium squad is the best the country has ever produced, and calls the draw "really exciting".
Belgium are sure to provide a challenge for Southgate's side, but a top two finish - and progression to the knockout round - is undeniably considered well within England's means.
But who are England most likely to face in today's draw based on 20.000.000 simulation?
"We have a group chat where there is always banter flying".
"They're ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they've got".
He added: "It would be easy to say there is a certain round and level but the reality is we don't know". We will come up against big teams, strong teams.
"We've obviously not been following their games in our qualifying phase".
"You have got to prepare for whoever". Now 28th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, Tunisia are at their first World Cup since 2006 but haven't won at the finals since 1978.
Southgate pointed to England's premature exits from the last World Cup and Euro 2016 as reasons for limiting expectations.
"Now it is just down to us to repay the faith that he has put into us".
"I think we haven't had a clear captaincy figure for a little while and I think we could have jumped into a decision and not given other people the chance to step forward and do the things they've done".
As quoted in the Mirror, Martinez said: "I knew we were going to get England".
"We've got six days of rest after our first game, which if they are anxious about travel, that shouldn't be an issue".