WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA SQUADS NAMED

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Harry Kane, England and Tottenham Hotspur will feature in World Cup 2018 Russia

WORLD CUP 2018 RUSSIA SQUADS NAMED

With this summer's World Cup in Russia fast approaching, all 32 competing nations are in the process of naming their squads - with a few surprises. England manager Gareth Southgate named his England side on Wednesday, 16 May: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope; Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young; Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek; Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling,  Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.

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Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in World Cup 2018 Russia

Reigning World Cup 2016 champions' Portugal will begin World Cup preparations without superstar Real Madrid high goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo, who will instead compete against Premier League club Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final on May 26. Portugal play warm-up matches against Tunisia on May 28, Belgium on June 2 and Algeria on June 7. (Great 150% guaranteed last minute tickets for the Champions League 2018 Final are still for sale @ LiveFootballTickets.com).

Portugal manager Fernando Santos' men will start their World Cup campaign against Spain on June 15 in Sochi. Portugal are going to the World Cup in Russia next month with Cristiano Ronaldo and 12 other players who led the nation to the European Championship title two years ago. Coach Santos announced a 23-man squad on Thursday, including nine players who started the final against France at Euro 2016. The only two starters from the final who will not make it are Nani and Renato Sanches. Among the other European champions not going to the World Cup are Ricardo Carvalho, Andre Gomes and Eder, who scored the title-winning goal against the hosts in extra time.

"It hurts not to be able to include all the players who were with us in the European Championship," Santos said. "All of them helped us write a brilliant page in the history of Portuguese football."

Who else has qualified for the World Cup? Here is the World Cup 2018 list of confirmed squads to date for this summer's finals in Russia as well as a list of the most popular World Cup Russia fixtures with links to buy great 150% guaranteed World Cup tickets securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com.

Group A

Russia (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Soslan Dzhanaev (Rubin Kazan), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg).

Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Ruslan Kambolov, Fedor Kudryashov (all Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Fenerbahce), Konstantin Rausch (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg), Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow).

Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Aleksandr Tashaev (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar), Fedor Chalov (CSKA Moscow)

Saudi Arabia

Yet to be named

Egypt (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awad (Ismaily)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf (all Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Karim Hafez (Lens), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Amro Tarek (Orlando City).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Abdel Aziz (both Zamalek), Shikabala (Al Raed), Abdallah Said (KuPS), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens).

Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Ahmed Gomaa (Al Masry), Kouka (Braga), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

Uruguay (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Martin Campana (Independiente).

Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto), Gaston Silva (Independiente), Martin Caceres (Lazio), Guillermo Varela (Penarol).

Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro), Diego Laxalt (Genoa), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders), Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria).

Forwards: Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo), Edinson Cavani (Paris St-Germain), Luis Suarez (Barcelona).

Group B

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Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)

Defenders: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)

Midfielders: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting)

Forwards: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)

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Yet to be named

Morocco

Goalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)

Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolves), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Badr Benoun (Raja Casablanca), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (LOSC)

Midfielders: M'barek Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke 04)

Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (Saint Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard de Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax).

Iran (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Alireza Beiranvand (Persepolis), Seyed Hossein Hosseini (Esteghlal), Rashid Mazaheri (Zob Ahan), Amir Abedzadeh (Maritimo).

Defenders: Ramin Rezaeian (Ostende), Voria Ghafouri (Esteghlal), Steven Beitashour (Los Angeles FC), Seyed Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Padideh), Morteza Pouraliganji (Alsaad), Mohammad Ansari (Persepolis), Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini (both Esteghlal), Milad Mohammadi (Akhmat Grozny), Omid Norafkan (Esteghlal), Saeid Aghaei (Sepahan), Roozbeh Cheshmi (Esteghlal).

Midfielders: Saeid Ezatolahi (Amkar Perm), Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens), Ahmad Abdolahzadeh (Foolad), Saman Ghoddos (Ostersunds), Mahdi Torabi (Saipa), Ashkan Dejagah (Nottingham Forest), Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Olympiacos), Ali Karimi (Sepahan), Soroush Rafiei (Al Khor), Ali Gholizadeh (Saipa), Vahid Amiri (Persepolis).

Forwards: Alireza Jahanbakhsh (AZ Alkmaar), Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos), Mahdi Taremi (Al Gharafa), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Heerenveen), Kaveh Rezaei (Charleroi).

Group C

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Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: N'Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N'Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille)

Australia (final 23 to be confirmed) - Buy FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia tickets for Australia

Goalkeepers: Brad Jones (Feyenoord), Mitch Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Mat Ryan (Brighton), Danny Vukovic (Genk).

Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor), Milos Degenek (Yokohama F. Marinos), Alex Gersbach (RC Lens), Matthew Jurman (Suwon Samsung Blue Wings), Fran Karacic (NK Lokomotiva), James Meredith (Millwall), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney), Trent Sainsbury (Grasshopper Zurich), Aleksandar Susnjar (FK Mlada Boleslav), Bailey Wright (Bristol City).

Midfielders: Josh Brillante (Sydney FC), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa), Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Tom Rogic (Celtic), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Tim Cahill (Millwall).

Forwards: Daniel Arzani (Melbourne City), Apostolos Giannou (AEK Larnaca), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Red Diamonds), Dimitri Petratos (Newcastle Jets), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa).

Peru

Yet to be named

Denmark (final 23 to be confirmed) - Buy FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia tickets for Denmark

Goalkeepers: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Frederik Ronnow (Brondby), Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield), Jesper Hansen (FC Midtjylland).

Defenders: Simon Kjaer (Sevilla), Andreas Bjelland (Brentford), Mathias Jorgensen (Huddersfield), Andreas Christensen (Chelsea), Henrik Dalsgaard (Brentford), Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jens Stryger Larsen (Udinese), Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich), Nicolai Boilesen, Peter Ankersen (both FC Copenhagen), Riza Durmisi (Real Betis).

Midfielders: Christian Eriksen (Tottenham), Daniel Wass (Celta Vigo), Lasse Schone (Ajax Amsterdam), Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux), Mathias Jensen (Nordsjaelland), Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna), Mike Jensen (Rosenborg), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Southampton), Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen), William Kvist (FC Copenhagen).

Forwards: Andreas Cornelius (Atalanta), Kasper Dolberg (Ajax), Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City), Martin Braithwaite (Bordeaux), Nicklas Bendtner (Rosenborg), Nicolai Jorgensen (Feyenoord), Pione Sisto (Celta Vigo), Robert Skov, Viktor Fischer (both FC Copenhagen), Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig).

Group D

Argentina (final 23 to be confirmed) - Buy FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia tickets for Argentina

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Manchester United), Nahuel Guzman (Tigres Monterrey), Wilfredo Caballero (Chelsea), Franco Armani (River Plate).

Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Federico Fazio (Roma), Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Nicolas Taglafico (Ajax), Javier Mascherano (Hebei Fortune), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Cristian Ansaldi (Torino).

Midfielders: Ever Banega, Guido Pizarro (both Sevilla), Lucas Biglia (AC Milan), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St Petersburg), Angel Di María, Giovani Lo Celso (both Paris St-Germain), Enzo Perez (River Plate), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Pablo Perez, Cristian Pavon (both Boca Juniors), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Ricardo Centurion (Racing), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting Lisbon).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala (both Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Sergio Aguero (Manchester City), Diego Perotti (Roma), Lautaro Martinez (Racing).

Iceland (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Randers), Runar Alex Runarsson (Nordsjaelland), Frederik Schram (Roskilde).

Defenders: Ari Freyr Skulason (Lokeren), Hordur Magnusson (Bristol City), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Rostov), Kari Arnason (Aberdeen), Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson (Levski Sofia), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Rostov), Birkir Mar Saevarsson (Valur), Samuel Kari Fridjonsson (Valerenga).

Midfielders: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City), Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley), Olafur Ingi Skulason (Karabukspor), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmo), Rurik Gislason (Sandhausen).

Forwards: Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson (Rostov), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Reading), Albert Gudmundsson (PSV Eindhoven).

Croatia (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Gent), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Karlo Letica (Hajduk Split).

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Domagoj Vida (Besiktas), Ivan Strinic (Sampdoria), Dejan Lovren (Liverpool), Sime Vrsaljko (Atletico Madrid), Josip Pivaric (Dynamo Kyiv), Tin Jedvay (Bayer Leverkusen), Matej Mitrovic (Club Brugge), Borna Barisic (Osijek), Zoran Nizic (Hajduk Split), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg), Borna Sosa (Dinamo Zagreb).

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic (both Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan), Marko Rog (Napoli), Mario Pasalic (Chelsea), Filip Bradaric (Hajduk Split).

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Nikola Kalinic (AC Milan), Andrej Kramaric (Hoffenheim), Marko Pjaca (Schalke), Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt), Duje Cop (Standard Liege), Ivan Santini (Caen).

Nigeria (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo Fabril), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

Defenders: William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz), Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege), Joel Obi (Torino), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho (both Leicester), Moses Simon (Gent), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone).

Group E

Brazil

Goalkeepers: Alisson (Roma), Ederson (Manchester City), Cassio (Corinthians).

Defenders: Danilo (Manchester City), Fagner (Corinthians), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Filipe Luis (Atletico Madrid), Thiago Silva, Marquinhos (both Paris St-Germain), Miranda (Inter Milan) Pedro Geromel (Gremio).

Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Paulinho (Barcelona), Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk), Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona), Willian (Chelsea), Douglas Costa (Juventus).

Forwards: Neymar Jr (Paris St-Germain), Taison (Shakhtar Donetsk), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Switzerland

Yet to be named

Costa Rica (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Liga Deportiva Alajuelense), Leonel Moreira (Herediano).

Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrkoping), Ronald Matarrita (New York City), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), Oscar Duarte (Espanyol), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Bologna), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Johnny Acosta (Aguilas Dorados).

Midfielders: David Guzman (Portland Timbers), Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne-Sport), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Rodney Wallace (New York City), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Lisbon), Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos (both Saprissa).

Forwards: Johan Venegas (Saprissa), Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Marco Urena (Los Angeles FC).

Serbia

Yet to be named

Group F

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Goalkeepers: Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain).

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen).

Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Manchester City).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).

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Goalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul).

Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Nestor Araujo (Santos Laguna), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Oswaldo Alanis (Guadalajara), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla).

Midfielders: Jesus Molina (Monterrey), Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Real Betis), Erick Gutierrez (Pachuca), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy).

Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesus Manuel Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven), Jurgen Damm (Tigres).

Sweden

Goalkeepers: Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea).

Defenders: Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Victor Lindelof (Manchester United), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnador), Martin Olsson (Swansea), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Filip Helander, Emil Krafth (both Bologna), Pontus Jansson (Leeds United).

Midfielders: Sebastian Larsson (Hull), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Viktor Claesson (Krasnador), Marcus Rohden (Crotone), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse).

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Al Ain), John Guidetti (Alaves), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse), Isaac Kiese Thelin (Waasland-Beveren).

South Korea (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyeon-woo (Daegu FC).

Defenders: Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (Tokyo FC), Jeong Seung-hyeon (Sagan Tosu), Yun Yeong-seon (Seongnam FC), Kwon Kyung-won (Tianjin Quanjian), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju Utd), Kim Jin-su (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Hong Chul (Sangju Sangmu), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul), Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai).

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City), Jeong Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Kwon Chang-hoon (Dijon FCO), Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa), Koo Ja-cheol (Augsburg), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Moon Sun-min (Incheon Utd), Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace).

Forwards: Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai), Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzburg), Lee Keun-ho (Gangwon FC).

Group G

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Yet to be named

Panama (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Jose Calderon (Chorrillo), Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco).

Defenders: Azmahar Ariano (Patriots), Felipe Baloy (Municipal CSD), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Eric Davis (Dunajska Streda), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Luis Ovalle (Olimpia), Francisco Palacios (San Francisco), Richard Peralta (Alliance), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders).

Midfielders: Ricardo Avila (Gent), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Ricardo Buitrago (Municipal), Miguel Camargo (Universidad San Martin), Adalberto Carrasquilla (Tauro), Armando Cooper (Universidad de Chile), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Gabriel Gomez (Bucaramanga), Jose Gonzalez (Union Comercio), Cristian Martinez (Columbus Crew), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario), Jose Luis Rodriguez (Gent).

Forwards: Abdiel Arroyo (Alajuelense), Rolando Blackburn (Chorrillo), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruna), Jose Fajardo (Independiente), Roberto Nurse (Mineros Zacatecas), Blas Perez (Municipal), Luis Tejada (Sports Boys), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato).

Tunisia (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al-Baten), Moez Ben Cherifia (ES Tunis), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al-Shabab), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux).

Defenders: Rami Bedoui (ES Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Dylan Bronn (Gent), Khalil Chammam (ES Tunis), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon) , Ali Maaloul (Al-Ahly), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek), Bilel Mohsni (Dundee United).

Midfielders: Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Etoile du Sahel), Sai-Eddine Khaoui (Troyes), Ahmed Khalil (African Club), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Ferjani Sassi (Al-Nasr), Ghaylene Chaalali (ES Tunis), Mohamed Wael Larbi (Tours), Karim Laribi (Cesena).

Attackers: Anice Badri (ES Tunis), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al-Ittifaq), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Bassem Srarfi (Nice), Ahmed Akaichi (Al-Ittihad), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Saber Khalifa (African Club).

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Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier (both Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

Group H

Poland (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: Bartosz Bialkowski (Ipswich), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Lukasz Skorupski (Roma), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus).

Defenders: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (SPAL), Kamil Glik (Monaco), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Marcin Kaminski (Stuttgart), Tomasz Kedziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Michal Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Wolfsburg), Pawel Dawidowicz (Palermo), Przemyslaw Frankowski (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Damian Kadzior (Gornik Zabrze), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris St-Germain), Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (Sampdoria), Maciej Makuszewski (Lech Poznan), Krzysztof Maczynski (Legia Warsaw), Slawomir Peszko (Lechnia Gdansk), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Sebastian Szymanski (Legia Warsaw), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli), Szymon Zurkowski (Gornik Zabrze).

Forwards: Dawid Kownacki (Sampdoria), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli), Krzysztof Piatek (Cracovia), Lukasz Teodorczyk (Anderlecht), Kamil Wilczek (Brondby).

Senegal

Goalkeepers: Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya AC), Abdoulaye Diallo (Rennes), Alfred Gomis (Torino)

Defenders: Kara Mbodji (Anderlecht), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Moussa Wague (Eupen), Saliou Ciss (Angers), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Armand Traore (Nottingham Forest), Salif Sane (Hannover 96)

Midfielders: Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke), Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), Cheikh N'Doye (Birmingham)

Forwards: Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Diao Balde Keita (Monaco), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes), Diafra Sakho (Rennes), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke), Mbaye Niang (AC Milan)

Colombia (final 23 to be confirmed)

Goalkeepers: David Ospina (Arsenal), Camilo Vargas (Deportivo Cali), Ivan Arboleda (Banfield), Jose Fernando Cuadrado (Once Caldas).

Defenders: Cristian Zapata (Milan), Davinson Sanchez (Tottenham), Santiago Arias (PSV Eindhoven), Oscar Murillo (Pachuca), Frank Fabra (Boca Juniors), Johan Mojica (Girona), Yerry Mina (Barcelona), William Tesillo (Santa Fe), Bernardo Espinosa (Girona), Stefan Medina (Monterrey), Farid Díaz (Olimpia).

Midfielders: Wílmar Barrios (Boca Juniors), Carlos Sánchez (Espanyol), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Jose Izquierdo (Brighton), James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Giovanni Moreno (Shanghai Shenhua), Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali), Mateus Uribe (America), Yimmi Chara (Junior), Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate), Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors), Juan Cuadrado (Juventus), Gustavo Cuellar (Flamengo), Sebastian Perez (Boca Juniors).

Forwards: Radamel Falcao (Monaco), Duvan Zapata (Sampdoria), Miguel Borja (Palmeiras), Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Luis Fernando Muriel (Sevilla), Teofilo Gutierrez (Junior).

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Football world mourns an England legend

The world of football was united in grief Wednesday night after former England captain Ray Wilkins died in hospital aged 61. The former Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan star collapsed last week after a heart attack. Premier League clubs on Saturday shared a moment of silence in honor of the memory of Ray Wilkins.

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Fans, officials and football players took part in a minute of applause for Ray Wilkins who passed away earlier in the week ahead of the Premier League Manchester Derby match between Manchester City and Manchester United at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Wilkins, a married father of two, had since been in an induced coma at St George's Hospital in south London. His family revealed the devastating news yesterday.

A statement said: "It is with great sadness we announce that Raymond Colin Wilkins passed away this morning. We would like to say thank you for the many goodwill messages we have received from Ray's friends, colleagues and members of the public. "Ray leaves behind his loving wife, Jackie, daughter Jade, son Ross, and his beautiful grandchildren, Oliver, Frankie, Ava, Freddie, Jake and Archie."

Wilkins aged 61, known as Butch, was one of the most gifted midfielders of his generation. He won 84 England caps and captained his country 10 times. He began his career at Chelsea, where he was appointed club captain at just 18, before successful spells at Manchester United, AC Milan, Paris St-Germain, Rangers, QPR and Crystal Palace.

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Ray Wilkins Assistant manager of Aston Villa shares a joke with Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on October 17, 2015 in London, England.

After his retirement in 1997 he became a manager, taking charge of QPR, Fulham and the Jordan national team. He also worked as a coach at Chelsea and Aston Villa. Wilkins was a popular TV pundit with talk-SPORT and Sky Sports. Wilkins, who bravely battled health issues including ulcerative colitis, was given the all clear after a double heart bypass operation last July. Two years ago, he checked into the Priory Hospital in Woking for a five-week rehabilitation programme after being banned from driving for four years for drink-driving. Ray Wilkins played 84 times for England scoring three goals. Ray was a great football man - liked by all who knew him. Tributes poured in from some of the biggest names in football around the world.

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was among those who paid tribute.

"I am very sad to hear the news about Ray and send my deepest sympathies to his family," said Sir Alex Ferguson. "Ray was a great football man, well respected and liked by all who knew him. "Ray was an impressive football talent and had a fantastic career representing some of the biggest clubs in the world. I know that he will be missed by all."

Former United and England superstar David Beckham said: "Incredibly sad to wake up to the news that Ray has passed away."A man that I've always looked up to as a United fan and a player. Plus, he wore our country's shirt with pride. "Our thoughts are with your family and friends."

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Football clubs and famous names have paid tribute to Ray Wilkins after the Chelsea legend passed away

Ex-Chelsea star Frank Lampard said: "Ray was a great player and an even greater man. "He was full of kindness and Ray pictured humility, with impeccable manners at all times. He had respect and time for everyone and was a mentor and friend. "I'm not sure they make them like Ray any more. You will be sorely missed."

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker, a former England team-mate, said: "Deeply saddened to hear that Ray Wilkins has passed away. A wonderful footballer and a delightful man. It was a pleasure to have played alongside him with England. "No teammate was more helpful and supportive. I'll be forever grateful. Thoughts are with his family."

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Former England star Paul Gascoigne said: "Such a great loss. He was such a gentleman. An unbelievable player. I recall playing against him. I didn't get a touch. He was brilliant."

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Wilkins (fourth left) and Hoddle (second right) after winning the European Under 18 Championship in 1975

Wilkins (fourth left) and the England side after winning the European Under 18 Championship in 1975

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Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti with assistant manager Ray Wilkins after the FA Community Shield match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on August 8, 2010 in London, England.

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England 1-1 Italy

 

With an opening goal from Jamie Vardy, England came very close to victory against Italy, only to be denied late on by James Tarkowski’s clumsy tackle on Federico Chiesa and Lorenzo Insigne’s easy penalty. England won in Holland and held Italy to give them confidence going into the World Cup 2018 tournament this summer.

 

England 1-1 Italy

 

England goal: Jamie Vardy (26' minutes)

Italy goal: Lorenzo Insigne (87' minutes pen)

 

Jamie Vardy scored past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma to record his first goal for England in more than a year, but the Three Lions were denied a second successive friendly victory by a late Italy penalty awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) at Wembley Stadium. England manager Gareth Southgate's side were enjoying their lead given to them by Vardy's powerful 26th-minute finish, fired past new superstar goalie Donnarumma after Jesse Lingard's free-kick caught the visitors out. England looked to be ensuring a confidence-boosting win until a late intervention from VAR. Referee Deniz Aytekin consulted VAR after England debutant James Tarkowski tangled with Italy’s Federico Chiesa, and decided the Burnley defender had stepped on the Italian's foot, allowing Lorenzo Insigne to beat Jack Butland with just three minutes left. The frustrated England side complained emphatically about the award of the spot-kick, but VAR got this one right much to Southgate's frustration as he was clearly unhappy with the penalty decision.

 

England finished the clash frustrated that Italy's late penalty denied them a win they deserved that would have recorded back-to-back victories in these two friendlies that are their last before Southgate names a provisional World Cup squad on 14 May. To their credit, England was energized and motivated in attack, even without the injured Harry Kane. England manager Southgate will be desperate for the Tottenham Hotspur superstar striker to recover fully on schedule from his knee injury. England looked focused and ambitious going forward, but in need of Kane's killer instinct, to pose a serious threat this summer in Russia.

 

Burnley defender Tarkowski conceded the penalty late on in an assured debut. His look of despair as referee Deniz Aytekin awarded the spot-kick was apparent in a frustrating outcome for England. Superb Raheem Sterling must have felt the love of Manchester City and England's fans. Sterling asked supporters to show the team some love before the match and he was warmly applauded by the Wembley crowd after his excellent performance as he was named Man of the Match. Sterling carried his outstanding Manchester City form onto the international stage in the friendly double-header with the Netherlands and Italy. In the first half, his strong running unsettled the Italy defense as he emerged as England's main attacking threat. Sterling stayed on his feet after being fouled twice to create a chance for Vardy and he was brought down again for the free-kick that Lingard took to set the Leicester City striker up for his goal. Sterling has enjoyed a superb season under Pep Guardiola's management at Etihad Stadium. Sterling will be a key player for England in the World Cup.

 

After the match, Southgate said that the VAR decision is not clear and obvious. Referee Deniz Aytekin consulted VAR after Burnley defender James Tarkowski tangled with Federico Chiesa.

 

"I'm glad it's not the World Cup just yet. I think the ruling is 'clear and obvious' and it's not. It's one you can debate all day,” said England boss Gareth Southgate about VAR. "It looks like James Tarkowski stands on him but it's during the running process and he's going down anyway. I think the referee had a good view already. I don't think with incidents like that VAR will clear things up. An obvious handball and stuff like that then maybe - but we have to get on with it."

 

"If VAR is going to turn us over, it's better to happen now. A clear and obviously deserved victory taken away. It's irrelevant whether they think it was a penalty or not. VAR is there for the obvious howlers. This was far from that," said Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter.

 

England have lost only 1 of their last 20 international matches at Wembley Stadium - winning 15. That defeat was by the Netherlands in March 2016 and the Three Lions are unbeaten in 10 games at the national stadium since then. England have only earned 1 win in their last 8 matches against Italy, and have failed to keep a clean sheet in 6 of the past 7 games.

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Raheem Sterling, England, Man of the Match

 

Man of the match is Raheem Sterling who was England’s biggest threat against Italy. He had pace and skill and his direct running troubled Italy all night.

 

Squads

 

Dele Alli was not on the starting squad for either of England's two friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but started both games on the subs' bench, with only a cameo appearance in Amsterdam. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ali is a certainty to be chosen for the World Cup squad and a strong contender for a starting place. Rival Lingard has shown his ability to be a game changer and Raheem Sterling also showed his quality. Alli is still an outstanding talent but he has some serious competition for his place.

 

“We’ve picked the team we have because we want to keep some stability. We made some good progress the other night. Obviously, we need to look at some other players as well, but tonight is a really good test for us. James Tarkowski has done really well with us and his club, and he fits the way we want to play,” said Southgate about his squad choices. “We’ve also got to look at options at center-back: we’re very happy with the players who have played there up until now, but we need to see other guys who could come in. Jack Butland knew he was playing at the end of last week: most of his caps have come away so it’s nice for him to play here. Jesse Lingard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were excellent the other day: they can break forward and score goals. Dele Alli’s not been able to train fully, but of course, he’s a very important player for us. We need a little bit more composure with the final ball, but we’ll create chances and we have the guys who can finish them. We want to finish this week on a high.”

 

Gareth Southgate handed England debuts to James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. Burnley defender Tarkowski lined up on the left of Southgate’s new back three, replacing Joe Gomez and Harry Maguire. Jack Butland took his turn in goal; Ashley Young took the place of Danny Rose at left wing-back; Eric Dier came in for Jordan Henderson, and Jamie Vardy replaced Marcus Rashford up front.

 

Italy made four changes to the side that lost to Argentina on Friday night. Davide Zappacosta of Chelsea took the place of Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi at right back. PSG midfielder Marco Verratti made way for Lorenzo Pellegrini of Roma. Inter winger Antonio Candreva replaced Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa. Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon at 40 years old with 176 caps made way for 19-year-old, four-cap Milan star Gianluigi Donnarumma.

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Jamie Vardy, England

 

England

Butland, Walker, Stones, Tarkowski, Dier, Trippier, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lingard, Young, Vardy, Sterling.

Subs: Hart, Pickford, Pope, Rose, Henderson, Maguire, Mawson, Livermore, Lallana, Cook, Alli, Rashford, Welbeck.

 

Italy

Donnarumma, Zappacosta, Rugani, Bonucci, De Sciglio, Pellegrini, Jorginho, Parolo, Candreva, Immobile, Insigne.

Subs: Buffon, Perin, Ferrari, Darmian, Ogbonna, Bonaventura, Verratti, Belotti, Spinazzola, Verdi, Gagliardini, Cutrone, Cristante, Florenzi.

 

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Russia 1-3 France

Switzerland 6-3 Panama

Hungary 0-1 Scotland

Germany 0-1 Brazil

England 1-1 Italy

Spain 6-1 Argentina

Curaçao 1-0 Bolivia

Japan 1 Ukraine

Tanzania 2-0 DR Congo

Armenia 0-1 Lithuania

Georgia 2-0 Estonia

Kenya 2-3 Central African Republic

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Gareth Southgate's men will begin the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June (19:00 BST) in Volgograd, Russia. Next, they will battle World Cup debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on 24 June (13:00 BST) before playing top seeds Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad, Russia (19:00 BST). You can buy legal, authentic 2018 World Cup England tickets for the most prestigious football competition in the world now securely online from LiveFootballTickets.com!

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England have not lost a qualifying match for a major competition since October 2009 in an incredible run of 39 games, with 3 different managers in charge since England then led by Fabio Capello lost 1-0 to Ukraine. New England manager Gareth Southgate has inspired his side since being promoted from his role as the manager of England’s under-21s. Southgate has overseen a period of change that now has England’s younger team in a 3-4-2-1 formation. England were eliminated by Iceland at Euro 2016. England fans staged a walkout at the qualifying match in Malta. England qualified by winning European Group F ahead of Slovakia.

England have begun their preparations for the World Cup with a series of warm-up friendlies against Italy, Brazil and Germany, two of the most successful nations in the history of the competition. A friendly against Holland in Amsterdam has also been scheduled after Southgate told the FA he wanted a run of challenging fixtures, rather than games when England would be expected to win easily, and that he believes it is worth taking the risks that apply when playing top tier tough opposition.

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Tottenham Hotspurs’ Harry Kane and Harry Winks will both undergo assessments at Spurs before joining up after being substituted in their win over Crystal Palace.

Winks is a major doubt with an ankle injury. Kane who is expected to be England’s permanent captain may be out due to a hamstring injury. Dele Alli is out of England’s friendlies with Brazil and Germany with a hamstring problem. Jordan Henderson missed Liverpool’s win over West Ham United due to a thigh problem.

Southgate’s team were jeered by their own fans during the 4-0 win in Malta when three of England’s goals came after most of their traveling supporters had already decided they had seen enough and headed for the exits. Southgate’s response to the first-half barracking was to withdraw Raheem Sterling at half-time when the score was still 0-0, but he said the Manchester City player had accepted the decision.

“As a creative player, some days everything you do works and some days it doesn’t,” Southgate said. “You could see in the first half, it was the latter for Raheem – but he will bounce back from that. He’s ballsy. He’s a lad we love. It’s difficult but he took it really professionally.”

Wayne Rooney update

Wayne Rooney announced his retirement from international football in September after missing out on two previous squads and Southgate insists that he has moved forward.

"I think Wayne made his decision clear, his decision to retire, we were looking at bringing him into the squad in September much for his value as a senior player as anything else,” said Southgate. "But we've now moved forward, evolved as a squad in the last three months and our feeling now is that it's important for the younger players to gain that experience rather than look back at a younger player."

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WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018 DRAW

Group A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia.

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco.

Group C: France, Peru, Denmark, Australia.

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria.

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia.

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea.

Group G: Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama.

Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan. 

 

The teams qualified are: 

  • Uefa (Europe): Russia,(hosts) FrancePortugalGermanySerbiaPolandEnglandSpainBelgiumIcelandSwitzerlandCroatiaSwedenDenmark
  • Conmebol (South America): BrazilUruguayArgentinaColombiaPeru.
  • Concacaf (North/Central America and Caribbean): MexicoCosta RicaPanama 
  • AFC (Asia): Iran FootballSouth Korea Football, Japan Football, Saudi Arabia
  • CAF (Africa): TunisiaNigeriaMoroccoSenegalEgypt

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Gareth Southgate’s England side will play Belgium at next summer's World Cup in Russia, having been drawn into Group G.. Gareth Southgate's side were drawn from pot two, meaning they were guaranteed to play one of the best teams in the world, drawn out of the first pot. The draw ceremony was led by former England striker and 1986 Golden Boot winner c0-host Gary Lineker as well as the Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.

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“I think, in my mind, my gauge of success would be that we come back from the tournament with the fans proud of how we’ve played and that means we’ll have played well and won some matches,” said Southgate. “So that’s my focus, to focus on the performances and to constantly improve on the performances.”

England’s Harry Kane sees no reason for the Three Lions to worry about their World Cup opponents and groups.

“I’m not one to really think about trying to avoid teams,” said Kane. “If you want to win a big tournament, you’re going to have to play the best teams sooner or later.We’re positive, but we’re not getting too ahead of ourselves. We know we’ve still got a lot of work to do and we’ve got some great friendly games coming up between now and the finals.”

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The first match of the World Cup will feature hosts Russia and kicks off in Moscow on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 18:00 local time (16:00 BST). The exciting match will be against the team drawn into the 'A2' slot in Group A. The opening Russia v A2 clash takes place at the Luzhniki Stadium, which will also be the venue for the final. That will be the only game on an opening day. During the 2018 World Cup Russia tournament, there will be 3-4 matches played every day for the duration of the group stage. The tournament ends on Sunday, July 15, with the World Cup 2018 Russia final kick off at 18:00 in Moscow (16:00 BST). The third-place play-off is a day earlier, and the two semi-finals will take place on July 10 and 11. All of the final four matches of the World Cup will be played at either the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow or the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg.

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Germany won the last World Cup tournament in 2014, their fourth World Cup title. England has won the World Cup once in the past. Brazil who have participated in every single World Cup tournament to date have won the title 4 times and have qualified 21 times. Iceland and Panama will compete in their first World Cup ever. Livefootballtickets.com has a wide range of World Cup 2018 tickets available fo sale now online. Browse through our booking system and order your tickets with a few easy clicks.

All 20 previous World Cup titles are divided between only 8 winners Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, France. And England.

Brazil 5 times - 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002

Germany 4 times - 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014

Italy 4 times - 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006

Argentina 2 times - 1978, 1986

Uruguay 2 times - 1930, 1950

Spain 1 time - 2010

France 1 time - 1998

England 1 time - 1966

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Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will bookend the 2018 World Cup, hosting the opening match of the biggest sporting show on earth on June 14 and the final on July 15. A total of 12 football venues across Russia will host at least 4 matches each between the 32 nations competing in the 2018 World Cup. Here is a rundown of the Russian cities and stadiums hosting the 2018 World Cup, and which matches will be played there.

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