Tunisia coach Maaloul targets World Cup opener against England

Southgate safe even if England struggle at World Cup – Glenn

Early favourites Brazil also have a hard assignment - Group E features two European sides in Switzerland and Serbia, and Costa Rica, who progressed from England's group in 2014.

Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson will be reporting from the Red Square in the build up to the World Cup draw, live on Sky Sports News from 8am.

"We have a group chat where there is always banter flying".

"That is the most important thing for us". We know it's probably the best side Belgium has ever had, and we know the quality they have.

Despite being handed a relatively kind draw, Southgate says his men must do the background work to ensure they are prepared to deliver the goods when they come up against Tunisia and Panama.

Southgate is likely to be bold and give youth a chance, but the games against Tunisia and Panama will pose different challenges than the more obvious test that Belgium will pose and sometimes, experience is a greater commodity than youthful exuberance against dogged, well-organised opponents.

"To now have the chance to lead my country into that same game, same fixture, first game of the World Cup, is something I'm hugely proud of".

Speaking to talkSPORT following the World Cup draw, the 47-year-old said: "If you look at the groups, because of the seeding you get two teams in the top 15/20 in the rankings and then a couple of teams who aren't in there. We've got to be prepared for every game".

He added: "We are a group of players with an incredible responsibility, they are true ambassadors for Belgium football. We are excited by the players we are working with and looking forward to seeing that journey develop".

"Now it is just down to us to repay the faith that he has put into us".

Only last week, the same website brought us the image below, showing what they confidently state will be England's next home shirt.



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