England land nice World Cup draw

Gareth Southgate can have no complaints with England's World Cup group with Coral rating the Three Lions 2-9 to reach the knockout stage after being drawn alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama.

An early exit is rated 3-1 which highlights how simple - at least on paper - the task is, although finishing in top spot won't be easy with Belgium 5-6 favourites. England are 11-8 shots.

Southgate's side open up against Tunisia before tackling Panama with Belgium last up on June 28. Some bookmakers have cut England but they are still available at 20-1 to win the World Cup.


World Cup draw - Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay; Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran; Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark; Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria; Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia; Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea; Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England; Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan.

Match in Focus


Brazil v Costa Rica

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Brazil have won ten out of their last 12 World Cup group matches
Expert verdict
The last time Brazil failed to pick up a win from their opening two World Cup matches was 1978 and the Selecao should follow up a draw on matchday one with an emphatic win over a Costa Rica team who have failed to net in three of their last five matches. Expect a major improvement from Brazil's 1-1 draw with Switzerland.



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