Southgate: Belgium are group favourites

02 December 2017 03:50:59 EST

England manager Gareth Southgate is excited at the World Cup draw and immediately tagged Belgium as favourites to win Group G in Russia next summer.

The Three Lions were second seeds in Friday's draw and were placed in the Red Devils' group, alongside Tunisia and Panama.

Southgate admitted that he will have to do some research on Tunisia and Panama to ensure the players are prepared for their games on 18th June and 24th June respectively.

It's a really exciting draw, for everybody. We know it's probably the best side Belgium has ever had, and we know the quality they have.

Gareth Southgate

However, he is well aware of the threat posed by Roberto Martinez's Belgium side who England will face in the final group game on 28th June.

"Belgium are the top seeds, so understandably on the performances they have given over the last couple of years, they have that title," Southgate told Sky Sports.

"What's exciting for our team is, although we lack some big match experience and we don't have at the moment trophies and medals on the table for a lot of the lads, I think that's all ahead for them and what's possible is exciting.

"It's a really exciting draw, for everybody. We know it's probably the best side Belgium has ever had, and we know the quality they have.

"They're the top seeds in the group, but a really good challenge for us."

He added: "Because we are second seeds, we have to have two games where we will be favourites and we have got to handle that.

"My experience of tournaments is that you usually have to get results in all three matches to go through the group and the objective is to qualify from the group."

England are 6/5 to win Group G, while Belgium are priced at 5/6, Tunisia are available at 10/1 and Panama are 40/1.

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