In-depth guide to England’s World Cup 2018 opponents

Star man, manager, head-to-head record, odds and how they reached Russia

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FIFA 2018 World Cup Draw - The Kremlin

England will be in Group G at next summer's World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side will take on Belgium, Panama and Tunisia as they look to progress to the knockout stages.

Belgium will likely prove the toughest test but England will be confident of seeing off Tunisia and debutants Panama.

Can they avoid a repeat of 2014 and get out of the group?

Here is what England will be facing in Russia next summer.

Belgium

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Getty Images Europe

Manager: Roberto Martinez

Star man: Eden Hazard

Record vs England: Played 21- won 1, drew 5, lost 15

Tournament odds: 12/1

How they qualified: Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago having reached the same stage at Euro 2016.

Tunisia

Credits: AFP

AFP

Manager: Nabil Maaloul

Star man: Wahbi Khazri

Record vs England: Played 2, lost 1, drew 1

Tournament odds: 500/1

How they qualified: After appearing at three consecutive finals without winning a single group game, Tunisia missed the last two editions. Unbeaten in qualifying, they defeated DR Congo to Russia by a point, with a last-round draw against Libya proving enough for a squad compromised largely of Tunisia-based players.

Panama

Credits: AFP

AFP

Manager: Hernan Dario Gomez

Star man: Gabriel Torres

Record vs England: Never played

Tournament odds: 1000/1

How they qualified: Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier.


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