England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

  • England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

England get lucky but Gareth Southgate urges caution

It meant England, who have not won a major men's worldwide trophy since lifting the 1966 World Cup on home soil, avoided global giants Argentina, Brazil and Germany after Argentina great Diego Maradona picked them out of Pot 2 at the Kremlin's State Palace.

Having also confirmed that the Three Lions' next away shirt will be red, their latest update comes in the form of a blurry image, showing both home and away kits in all their (pixelated, low resolution) glory.

"But for me, it reminds me of one of the best days of my life, really, playing in my first game in a World Cup [against Tunisia in Marseille at France '98]".

Starting on the tournament's fifth day will also give Southgate longer to prepare after the Premier League season, although Tunisia's manager Nabil Maaloul pointed out this also helps his team as it means they do not have to play while fasting for Ramadan.

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says England are favourites to win their World Cup group.

"Remembering the Tunisia game in 1998, it was the first thing that went through my mind", he said.

"There are no secrets for us or for England". We will come up against big teams, strong teams.

Southgate added: "It's fantastically exciting to be here for the draw with every other coach".

"I really admire Gareth as a footballing gentleman".

"The objective is to qualify from the group".

Southgate pointed to England's premature exits from the last World Cup and Euro 2016 as reasons for limiting expectations.

"I'm certain that is Harry's ambition, and there's no question if that is his ambition, then this is the stage to go and show it", Southgate said ahead of the World Cup draw here in Moscow on Friday.

With Belgium able to call upon Premier League stars such as Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku at Manchester United, they are now ranked fifth in the world, 10 places higher than England. "So to have the opportunity to do that as a coach now, leading my team into an opening fixture of the World Cup, will be an incredibly proud moment".

"You can't ask for a better draw", Waddle told the BBC.