Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Medicine | By Rogelio Lindsey

All the best reaction as England draw Belgium, Panama and Tunisia

All the best reaction as England draw Belgium, Panama and Tunisia

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has revealed his family will be supporting the opposition when he sends his team out against England at this summer's World Cup.

THE World Cup draw is done and many fans are anxious England may be Eden for an early exit.

And that makes them the clear favourites in the eyes of Maaloul.

Only last week, the same website brought us the image below, showing what they confidently state will be England's next home shirt.

Southgate, who will be leading England for the first time at a major competition after they qualified with an unbeaten record in the qualification process, refused to place any expectations on his squad and preferred to focus on making continued improvements in the months leading up to the finals.

"We have a really good group of players, 25 players are now in the British game so are very well known", Martinez added.

"That is the most important thing for us".

"Gareth someone I know well and we have shared big tournaments together covering the Poland and Ukraine Euros".

But the matches against Tunisia and England will be particularly evocative for their coach Hernan Dario Gomez.

They beat Tunisia 1-0 but were eliminated after losing 2-0 to England in Lens, with Darren Anderton putting the English ahead before David Beckham scored a wonderful free-kick. "Panama are learning and trying to progress", he said.

"Belgium are ranked fifth in the world (rankings) - and are one of the great nations in the world, not only in Europe".

In the wide-ranging interview, Southgate dismissed any concerns over potential long-distance travelling his squad may face arguing that his England players were well versed with the demands of major competitions, with numerous squad making regular visits to European counterparts during the season. But asked if he feared any of their players, he quipped: "The only risky player is Messi!"

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