England to learn World Cup draw fate


England will face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama in their group at the 2018 World Cup.

Kyle Walker has credited England national team boss Gareth Southgate for the atmosphere that he has created within the Three Lions team.

"Yeah, 100 per cent I'll be watching it", Rashford told Press Association Sport.

We've been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten by them haven't we?

"Because we are second seeds, we have to have two games where we will be favourites and we have got to handle that".

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. The Hand of God plucked the ball containing England's name from a pot during the draw staged inside Moscow's State Kremlin Palace.

England will open up against Tunisia on June 18.

England's World Cup fixtures and dates
England's World Cup fixtures and dates

Next summer's World Cup will begin on June 14, running until July 15. Thankfully, another update from the fellas at Footy Headlines - a website which really knows its onions when it comes to leaked football kits - allows us to do precisely that.

The English Premier League season is due to finish on May 13, with the FA Cup final scheduled for May 19, giving Southgate plenty of time to work with his players prior to the tournament.

Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan make up Group H.

The Republic of Ireland's play-off conquerors Denmark will take on 1998 winners France, Peru and Australia.

"So, I like the fact that's been shared and I think it's important for us, especially with the younger groups, that they get a feel of that and that they get a feel of responsibility".

"They're an outstanding team", Southgate said of Roberto Martinez's side.

He added: "It would be easy to say there is a certain round and level but the reality is we don't know".