Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul was delighted to be drawn in the same group as England for the 2018 World Cup, insisting that the two teams will fight it out for second place behind Belgium.
They'll then meet Panama - who are appearing in the tournament for the first time - before a clash with Belgium in their final Group G match in Kaliningrad.
After avoiding Argentina, Brazil and Germany, England were the penultimate team picked from Pot 2 by Diego Maradona in the draw ceremony in the Kremlin's State Palace.
When asked about England's chances of winning the tournament, World Cup victor Gordon Banks said: "If they start straightaway, getting some results, playing pretty well, then they'll stand a chance".Читайте также: Australian lawmakers pass same-sex marriage bill
That could be seen as a match to decide the victor of the group, but, with England having finished second in a group containing United States, Slovenia and Algeria in 2010, before failing to get out of a group also boasting Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in 2014, Southgate feels a team that lost to Iceland in last 16 of the European Championship a year ago can ill-afford to look beyond any opponent. "But also not being fearful of what might happen is an important balance to find".
Elsewhere in the draw, hosts Russian Federation were placed in Group A alongside Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay, with neighbours Portugal and Spain in Group B with Morocco and Iran. Group D is also tougher than others, featuring Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.
There could be a positive omen, too, in the Panama manager Hernán Darío Gómez having coached Colombia at France 98 when England beat them 2-0 and David Beckham scored a trademark free-kick from 30 yards. "I don't know who she will support". "My daughter is English so that is the first battle I am going to have when I get back", he said. "That's the hard question, she was born in England but I'm sure I can persuade her to support Belgium".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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