Portugal and Spain drawn in same group

Portugal and Spain drawn in same group

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In a ceremony overseen by their former striker Gary Lineker, England were placed with Kevin de Bruyne's Belgium, surprise packages Panama and Tunisia.

England could in theory find themselves on a collision course with Germany and Spain if they do not win the group.

Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.

"I am certainly not scared", Loew told ZDF television.

Russian Federation will play Saudi Arabia in the opening game of next year's World Cup, a match between the lowest ranked teams in the FIFA rankings.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play World Cup debutants Iceland as well as Croatia and Nigeria.

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"But obviously, Cristiano is well known by all of us, one of the best in history, and also plays for Portugal, a squad full of other great players".

Group E has a similar look with Brazil hot favourites but little to choose between Switzerland and Costa Rica, who both qualified via the playoffs, and Serbia.

France and their potent strikeforce featuring Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

"Although it's a hard group, we believe in ourselves and definitely we can advance from the group", he said.

Japan have a tough task to finish in the top two in a group that includes Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Sadio Mane's Senegal and Colombia. Japan's veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic vowed to avenge his side's humiliating 4-1 thrashing by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup.

Russian Federation launch their campaign to win Group A against Saudi Arabia in Moscow's historic and completely refurbished Luzhniki Stadium in the tournament's opening match on June 14.

England manager Gareth Southgate said his mind went back to playing in the 2-0 group-stage win over Tunisia at the 1998 World Cup. But he also conceded: "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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