The 2018 World Cup draw has taken place in Moscow
Gareth Southgate can have no complaints about England’s World Cup group and Coral rate the Three Lions 2-9 to reach the knockout stage after being drawn alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.
An early exit is rated 3-1 which highlights how simple – at least on paper – their task is, although finishing in top spot won’t be easy with Belgium 5-6 favourites. England are 11-8 shots.
Southgate’s side open up against Tunisia before tackling Panama with Belgium last on June 28. Some bookmakers have cut England but they are still available at 20-1 to win the World Cup.
Other highlights of the draw were
- Russia have one of the softer looking groups, the weakest on cumulative FIFA World Rankings
- UEFA Champions meet Sain in their first game
- Argentina drew igeria for the fifth time in six World Cp finals
- Brazil and Germany drawn in the same quarter of the draw
World Cup draw –
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.
Best outright odds are: