World Cup 2018 draw: England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

World Cup 2018 draw: England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

01-Dec-2017 22:30:01 | The Guardian

• ‘It would be folly for us not to be serious and make sure our mentality is right’
• Manager remembers playing for England when they beat Tunisia at France 98

Gareth Southgate attempted to dampen expectations for Russia 2018 despite England being drawn in a group from which most observers would expect them to advance without too many problems.

Danger lurked throughout the 32-team draw for the World Cup but England avoided the toughest opposition as they were drawn, by Diego Maradona, in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and the World Cup debutants Panama. The Hand of God plucked the ball containing England’s name from a pot during the draw staged inside Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia Japan

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