England should succeed after kind Tunisia group

by Jared Lewis December 3, 2017, 0:36
England should succeed after kind Tunisia group

England secured their spot in Russian Federation after topping their qualifying group in a relatively easy run of games and Gareth Southgate will be hoping for another simple route to the Luzhniki Stadium for the World Cup final.

"It may be the first time they have qualified for the World Cup but we have to pay them attention as well".

England are second seeds behind Belgium in Group G but will fancy their chances against Tunisia and tournament debutants Panama.

The most hotly anticipated match in Group H will be England against Belgium, a game likely to feature a large number of Premier League players, from Kevin De Bruyne to Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, and they are coached by Roberto MartĂ­nez.

It will be nearly exactly 20 years to the day when England played Tunisia in their opening fixture of the 1998 World Cup, with England winning 2-0 on June 15.

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 played Wales and they have more or the less the same style".

"They're ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they've got".

The same applies to Panama, who snuck into the finals at the expense of the United States courtesy of their "ghost goal" against Costa Rica.

"Vertonghen should be happy he can play against England", one fan wrote. "But if we do not beat Panama and Tunisia, we should start again!"

If they reach the last eight, they are likely to face Germany or Brazil, but a quarterfinal appearance would be their best performance since 2006 and that should be the realistic expectation in Russian Federation. Dier is a certainty for the defensive midfield role while going forward, Adam Lallana, Sterling, Kane, Marcus Rashford and Dele Alli give England genuine attacking threat.

"Through the qualifying campaign you don't think about days like today where everything hits home, but that's the beauty of the World Cup". The draw has been made and they can see the teams they are up against, where the games are situated and they have to travel to.


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