01-Dec-2017 22:30:01 | The Guardian
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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, UruguayGroup B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, IranGroup C: France, Australia, Peru, DenmarkGroup D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, NigeriaGroup E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, SerbiaGroup F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South KoreaGroup G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, EnglandGroup H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia Japan