World Cup 2018 Draw RECAP: Russia open with Saudi Arabia

World Cup 2018 draw, RECAP: Spain paired with Portugal, Russia host Saudi Arabia in opening match and England are handed favourable draw

  • Former England striker Gary Lineker helped host the World Cup draw
  • Event took place inside the Kremlin in Moscow, with Russia hosting tournament
  • Legends including Diego Maradona and Gordon Banks helped conduct draw
  • Grp A: Russia, S. Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay; Grp B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  • C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark; D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  • E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia; F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, S. Korea
  • G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England; H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan 
  • Read more about England’s World Cup 2018 group here 

The 2018 World Cup may not be for another six months but the build up starts now with the much anticipated draw for the group stage.

All eyes will be on Russia as England find out the teams they will face in their group as well as their possible route to the final next summer.

Follow Sportsmail’s live coverage of the draw which gets going from 3pm GMT, including updates from our host of reporters at the Kremlin in Moscow.


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