England should succeed after kind Tunisia group

England should succeed after kind Tunisia group

England should succeed after kind Tunisia group

"Belgium will be favourites even to win the World Cup, but it is the ideal game to see how good this English team is".

Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul believes his side's hopes of reaching the World Cup second round hinge on their opening Group G game against England.

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

"I'm sure at some point we will probably do that, but I like the fact that different people have taken and had to take responsibility", he added.

Southgate, who will be leading England for the first time at a major competition after they qualified with an unbeaten record in the qualification process, refused to place any expectations on his squad and preferred to focus on making continued improvements in the months leading up to the finals.

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"We have a great chance", said the former worldwide, who played for Tunisia between 1982-1994.

Meanwhile, Panama's first ever match at a World Cup finals will come against Belgium in Sochi, also on June 18.

The middle game comes against debutants Panama - who provide another link to 1998, as they are managed by Hernan Darío Gomez, who coached Colombia against England in France. "We want to go to the World Cup to enjoy our football and to enjoy the responsibility of having such a strong generation".

Asked for his memories of that game, he said: "The goal Beckham scored!"

"We haven't done as much preparing on the African teams yet so now that's what we can focus in on". "They were a very good team, but this team is more humble than them". "Panama are learning and trying to progress", he said. "We played Wales and they have more or the less the same style". Wahbi Khazri is perhaps their best-known player following two years at Sunderland, but it is a squad without star quality. But asked if he feared any of their players, he quipped: "The only unsafe player is Messi!"

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