England handed comfortable draw

01 December 2017 11:18:34 EST

England will take on Belgium, Tunisia and first-time qualifiers Panama for the group stages of the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

The Three Lions start their Group G campaign with a clash with Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday 18th June, before taking on finals debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod six days later.

We've got to attempt to win each game, be as prepared as we can be and see how far we can go.

Gareth Southgate

England, 16/1 to win the World Cup, round off their group schedule with a meeting with the Belgians in Kaliningrad on Thursday June 28th.

Prior to the draw, England head coach Gareth Southgate had refused to place any limits on the ambitions of his youthful squad, pledging to try and go as far as possible in the tournament.

He told BBC Sport: "We've got to attempt to win each game, be as prepared as we can be and see how far we can go.

"Of course a lot of these players are going to peak in two to four years' time, but we can't just write off the tournament. I don't think anyone in England would accept that.

"We've got to remember where we are starting from with this group of young players, but equally they're fiercely ambitious, everything is ahead of them and it's not for me to put a limit on their expectations."

Meanwhile, hosts Russia take on Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia in Group A, while holders Germany have been drawn alongside Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

European champions Portugal have been handed a group-stage clash with neighbours Spain, with Iran and Morocco completing the Group B line-up.

Portugal are priced at 25/1 to win the World Cup for the first time, with Spain available at 7/1.

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia.

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco.

Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia.

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria.

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia.

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea.

Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama.

Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan.

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