Belgium favourites in World Cup group, says England boss Gareth Southgate

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

It will be nearly exactly 20 years to the day when England played Tunisia in their opening fixture of the 1998 World Cup, with England winning 2-0 on June 15.

The match also puts Tottenham team mates Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen against one another - which they marked with a Snapchat together captioned "Group Friends".

It gets some of the younger lads, who may not have played in a major tournament before, into the tournament nice and gets them a run into the Belgium game.

Tunisia will be based just outside Moscow during the tournament, and their coach is also happy at avoiding playing until the fifth day of the competition.

"The interesting thing for us is starting later and what that might mean for us at the end of the season", he said. Thankfully, another update from the fellas at Footy Headlines - a website which really knows its onions when it comes to leaked football kits - allows us to do precisely that.

The World Cup trophy on display in Moscow, Russia.

"Panama are very happy with this group".

Despite being handed a relatively kind draw, Southgate says his men must do the background work to ensure they are prepared to deliver the goods when they come up against Tunisia and Panama. "Panama are learning and trying to progress", he said.

Gareth Southgate's side are in Pot 2 so could potentially be drawn alongside one of Brazil, Argentina or Germany, who are all in Pot 1.

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.

"They're ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they've got". But asked if he feared any of their players, he quipped: "The only unsafe player is Messi!"

  • Aubrey Nash