World Cup 2018 draw: England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

• ‘It would be folly for us not to be serious and make sure our mentality is right’
• Manager remembers playing for England when they beat Tunisia at France 98

Gareth Southgate attempted to dampen expectations for Russia 2018 despite England being drawn in a group from which most observers would expect them to advance without too many problems.

Danger lurked throughout the 32-team draw for the World Cup but England avoided the toughest opposition as they were drawn, by Diego Maradona, in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and the World Cup debutants Panama. The Hand of God plucked the ball containing England’s name from a pot during the draw staged inside Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

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