Published: Sat, December 02, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

England manager Gareth Southgate refused to get carried away with what appeared to be a hugely favourable draw on Friday for his team at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Speaking after Friday's slick ceremony at the Kremlin, the England manager admitted he was relieved to have avoided the likes of Brazil but said his team will face a "fascinating" challenge against Group G rivals Tunisia, Panama and top seeds Belgium.

"It's a really good draw to be playing teams like Panama and Tunisia".

That game, the pair's last in the group, is in Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland, and takes place on June 28.

Gareth Southgate has stressed that England "cannot go to a World Cup and not try to win it".

"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".

The tastiest group is Group B, which will be contested by Portugal, Spain, Morroco and Iran. Group D is also tougher than others, featuring Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

And Southgate has warned that underestimating teams heading into the tournament would not be wise.

He added: "It would be easy to say there is a certain round and level but the reality is we don't know". "It could help. We've got to get that period of training and recovery and freshness right".

We've been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten by them haven't we?

Their first fixture is against Tunisia on June 18, with Panama next and the mighty Belgians 10 days after the opener.

The England manager said that Kane - who is expected to be named captain before the squad go to Russian Federation - had to deliver at a major global tournament to be considered among the world's elite.

Now 61, he coached his native Colombia at the 1998 World Cup in France.

"So, I like the fact that's been shared and I think it's important for us, especially with the younger groups, that they get a feel of that and that they get a feel of responsibility". "I don't know who she will support".

The former Everton manager said the match was likely to present a problem at home.

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