Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen watch World Cup draw together

Gareth Southgate: 'England cannot simply write off 2018 World Cup'

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.

Tunisia and England will meet in their opening game in Volgograd on June 18 - a repeat of the 1998 World Cup group stage, when England won 2-0 in their first match in Marseille.

The Three Lions were also handed the tricky proposition of a game with Belgium, who boast what is seen as a golden generation featuring the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard, in Kaliningrad in their final Group G game.

"It's a hard group but we were expecting a hard draw because if you are in Pot 3, you are going to have some great footballing nations - like Belgium and England". "They were a very good team, but this team is more humble than them". We can't just have one captain and rely on them. 95 per cent of our squad plays overseas, and when they play for the national team they look forward to it and enjoy it.

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.

In 1978, Tunisia became the first African nation to ever win a match at a World Cup when beating Mexico 3-1 in Argentina.




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".

However, Maaloul - who is in his second stint as Tunisia coach after a brief spell in charge in 2013 - believes his side can correct that unwanted statistic.

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

Spurs and England frontman Harry Kane also tweeted his reaction to the draw, saying: "Belgium, Tunisia and Panama!"

Tunisia have never reached the knock-out stage of a World Cup, having failed in 1978, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

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