The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals have been made, and England will be happy with the outcome after coming out with Belgium, Tunisia and debutants Panama.
With Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate looking on, he could not hide his delight at being handed what looks like one of the most favourable groups and one which they are expected to qualify from.
England’s games are as follows…
Looking at the rest of the draw…
Hosts Russia are in Group A and will be happy with their draw as they have Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
There is an Iberian derby coming in Group B with European champions Portugal drawing near neighbours Spain. They will also face Morrocco and Iran.
France will be pleased with the outcome of Group C where they face South American minnows Peru, Australia and Denmark.
Probably the toughest Group on paper is D where Argentina are the sees – but they will come up against Croatia, Nigeria and Iceland.
Brazil are in Group E, and they will face Europeans Switzerland and Serbia, as well as Costa Rica.
Holders Germany were drawn in Group F where they will face Mexico, South Korea and Sweden.
Finally, Group H sees Poland a the sees – but they look to have a tough test with Senegal and Colombia both in there along with Japan.
DRAW IN FULL
Bookmakers also think that England have been given a favourable draw and across the board they have seen their odds cut – they are now 16/1 to win the finals.
England’s odds on a group stage exit have stretched to 6/1, although Belgium are odds-on to win the Group – rated at 4/5 with BetVictor with England Evens.