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Live coverage of the World Cup draw from the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for a more favourable draw than 2014.


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The World Cup finals, the grandest

stage for football's most graceful

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artists. Command command

Mastery of

a football. Beautiful turn.

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Strengthen, technique. Mei dances

away - and he scores!

Oh, magic.

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What a fantastic goal. Oh, it's

absolutely brilliant. Neymar scores.

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Suarez has knocked it in. Ronaldo!

Oh, what a fantastic goal.

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Brilliant! Cahill. Oh, what a

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Brilliant! Cahill. Oh, what a

strike. Driven. Oh, brilliant goal.

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Take your seats for the ultimate

showstopper.

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After 88 years and 20

tournaments, the 2018

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World Cup is going to Russia.

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Today, we'll find out who meets

who at next summer's tournament.

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The draw is taking place

in the Kremlin Palace, in Moscow.

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Joachim Low is there,

the coach of the reigning champions.

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Brazil are again

among the favourites

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and their manager is Tite.

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Good to see Peter Schmeichel helping

guests off the buses as they arrive!

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We will be live in the Kremlin for

the draw in 15 minutes' time.

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Here in the studio is former England

captain, Alan Shearer,

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the South American football

expert, Tim Vickery.

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This is the most exciting bit from

England's point of view, waiting to

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see who you will play?

Don't be so

negative. No problem getting to

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World Cups and European

Championships the problem is when we

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are there. It shouldn't be hard to

improve on our last tournament,

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should it? Whether it was 18 months

ago or two years before that. We've

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been dreadful in the tournament. So

that's what I'm looking forward to,

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is some improvement.

Should low

expectations help us?

Well, it

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hasn't in the past because I don't

think there were high expectations

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in France 18 months ago from a lot

of England fans. The performances

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disappointed us hugely then. We have

to show progress and show

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improvement. That should not be

difficult after our last few

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tournaments.

We will go through the

Pots Tim, Who is best placed among

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the South American countries for

this World Cup?

Without a shadow of

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a doubt Brazil. They went through a

weak South American contingent in

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qualification. The 0-0 against

England gave them the power of good.

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Brought them to earth. It reenhe

forced the challenge is against the

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western Europeans. Five of the six

finalists in the last World Cups

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have been from western Europe.

Brazil, if they want to win the

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World Cup, they will have to beat

the likes of France, Spain and

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Germany. They think they have a real

chance. It's the most attractive

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Brazil side that I remember, I can

remember for years. Passing the ball

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better than Brazil sides have done

for years. They are capable, win or

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lose, in eight months time,

whatever, they are capable of

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reminding us of why we fell in love

with Brazil in the first place.

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Argentina should be attractive, have

had a mixed bag in qualifying?

They

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will be fascinating. They had

problems qualifying. When you are a

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big team under that kind of

pressure, it can seem as if you are

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running through trecle. They were

dependent on Messi. We are seeing a

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side that is passing the ball better

and looking better collectively.

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There are serious struckal problems

in the defence. No surprise that

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they collapsed against Nigeria in a

friendly. Played in Russia recently.

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They lost 4-2. Argentina will be

fascinating with Messi in one

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penalty but disappointing in the

other.

The draw is slightly

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different to how you may remember it

from four years ago.

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All the pots decided on world

rankings instead of continents.

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England aren't amongst

the seeded countries,

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so they could face the hosts Russia,

Belgium or Poland.

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But also amongst the seeds

are the European champions Portugal,

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and some of the giants

of World Cup history.

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COMMENTATOR: Pele. On the right. And

he scores! Brazil win it.

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COMMENTATOR:

France have scored

first in the World Cup can Final.

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It's Zidane.

France are the 1998

World Champions.

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COMMENTATOR:

Oh, my word. Have you

ever seen anything like that?

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A victory and a trophy, so precious.

COMMENTATOR:

Here's Maradona, again.

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He won't need any of them. You have

to say that's magnificent.

The

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world's greatest player receives the

world's most important football

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prize.

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COMMENTATOR:

West Germany. Is that

the goal that wins the World Cup?

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He's scored for Germany.

In

football, Germany rules the world,

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again.

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football, Germany rules the world,

again. So here are all the other

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Pots:

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. They were decided on world

rankingsing in October by Fifa.

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So England are in pot 2,

surprisingly alongside Spain,

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who aren't seeded after they dropped

to eighth in the world.

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Spain suffer because Russia

are seeded as hosts,

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despite being ranked 65th.

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England could face Iceland again

at a major tournament.

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They're in Pot 3, along

with Denmark, who were so impressive

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in beating Ireland in the play-offs.

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Costa Rica were quarter-finalists in

2014 after topping England's Group.

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Serbia, ranked 37th,

seem to be the team that most people

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want to avoid in Pot 4.

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Along with Iceland,

Panama are the other team

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making their debut in the finals.

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But the draw is a bit more

complicated than that,

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as Jonathan Pearce explained,

when I spoke to him

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outside the Kremlin.

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They are trying to keep teams from

the same confederations apart, Mark.

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For example, a South American team

can't be put in with another South

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American team an African team can't

go with another African team. Can

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you have two European countries in

one Group, but no more. It means

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that each of the Groups will have

one have European team in, six of

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the Groups will have two European

teams in. You have to skip a couple

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of Groups in in the draw. In the

dress rehearsal England came out

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with Belgium, they skipped a group

and went in with Argentina. They

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went in with Panama and Sweden.

Nearly a repeat of 2002.

What's the

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feeling out there when it comes to

the difficulty of the draw? Are

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people looking at teams they might

be drawn with? Are they looking at a

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slot in a Group and how many miles

that would mean travel wise?

Well, I

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spoke to the FA about this. Because

they will be based near St

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Petersburg, controversial choice, I

think the base will be done up by

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the time they get there. They don't

think they will have more than a two

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or three hour flight. They are OK.

The worse case scenario may be

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Germany who haven't failed to clear

a Group since 1938. If England get

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Germany or France, who have a strong

squad, they can't get Denmark or

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Sweden from Pot 3. England's most

difficult Group may well be the

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enemy Argentina. They struggled in

call qualifying and dependent on

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Messi for goals. That would always

be a difficult one, for me. That

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would put them in with Denmark or

Sweden. We find them tricky, Sweden

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in World Cup finals. Two draws in

two. From Pot 4 I think England

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would find Nigeria... I think anyone

would find Nigeria hard. That would

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be a difficult Group that one.

Jonathan Pearce talking to me

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earlier. This is the scene inside

the Kremlin Theatre at the moment.

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If you're not aware,

Gary Lineker has the title

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of "Draw Conductor" and he'll be

joined by the likes of

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Diego Maradona and Gordon

Banks on stage shortly.

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If you want to see the entertainment

Fifa are providing in the build-up,

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Poland, I'm correct in saying, have

had one friendly.

In 12 months.

In

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12 months. That was their aim. Tim

informed us one wise guy went to see

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them.

Romanian math that 'tis.

Said

this is the stra gill and what they

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should be doing in order to be in

that Pot 1.

It's very good attention

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to detail, is the other way to look

at it?

Isn't it just. The World Cup

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Draw, we are anxious for the who.

It's the who, who. We are like owls

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going - who, who, who. It's more to

do with the where. It's not just

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where your games are, it's where

your base camp is. You have to go

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back to that base camp at the end of

every game. These logistical

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decisions are very, very important.

Part of the draw is that some

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countries will travel much more than

others.

It's about high Absolutely.

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Hopes and logistics.

England picked

their base just outside St

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Petersburg. This is where the games

will take place and the various time

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zones they could be playing in. A

couple of hours difference from

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Moscow the further east you go. If

you look at where they might be in

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the draw, Alan. We are getting geeky

here. If we talk about planning. The

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most favourable distance wise would

be to come out in Group B3. If they

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are C3 it's 6,000 miles.

Do you

think it make as big difference?

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They aren't travelling in cattle

class or in a car. They travel in

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the best jets and the best coaches

etc, etc. I'm not sure it makes that

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huge a difference. I know you

disagree with that.

You have much

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more experience of travelling in

executive travel than I do! It makes

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me jealous.

You should do Match of

the Day 2 with me.

I have turned up

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cattle class from Rio from Lisbon!

The example I would give is Italy.

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In the last World Cup. We have a

World Cup in a country the size of a

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continent, as it was with Brazil

three-and-a-half, four years ago and

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Russia this time. Italy based

themselves a couple of hours down

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the coast from Rio. It was a strange

decision because it wasn't

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particularly handy for any airports.

The draw gave them three games right

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at the other end of the country.

They got to fly up there and fly

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back. They spent more time in the

aeroplane. You saw what happened to

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Italy in that World Cup.

Do you not

just think they weren't a good team

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then? Is

Unfortunately they were

good enough to beat England.

You

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don't think it will make that much

difference. It's not just the travel

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or the style or mode of transport

you go. In this day and age we are

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told about times on the train and

getting your ideas across and were

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managers moan about Champions League

games?

They have the best travel,

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best fitness guys, the best of

everything. I'm not a great believer

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it makes that much difference.

When

we asked you to look at what

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wouldn't work for you as a group,

you haven't gone for travel,

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obviously. Why have you picked this

as not a very good Group

Well, you

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work for two years to get to a World

Cup. Now me, personally, as a

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player, all the players will be

watching the draw this afternoon

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wherever they are, they will be

looking - if that draw as an England

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player was to come up. I would be

disappointed. Working two years to

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get to the biggest tournament in the

world and you end up with that. Over

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the years we've looked at Groups and

tried to suss out whether it's

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positive, good Group or a Group of

death or a favourable Group. Forget

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that. England go into tournaments.

Their last defeat in a qualifying

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game was in 2009. It was 39 games

ago. We go into the tournament in

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good form, having beaten everyone

around in the qualifying games and

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we have disappointed. I think, if

you get a big hitter in the Group

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you can look forward to that and I

think traditionally historical

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England play better against better

teams. We saw the Group in 2010 when

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everyone was thinking - what an easy

group. USA, Slovenia, algear yachl

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we were hopeless in them. Not -

You

want something to focus the mind a

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bit?

Absolutely. I think we go in

against the better teams we can

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focus. We can be determined. I think

we will be at our best then. I don't

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expect us to go to World Cup.

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When that draw came out, we were a

bit?

You play in a World Cup so you

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cannot say you are disappointed with

that, you go and you give your best.

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That was not a good group. But I

think with this set of players and

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what has gone on in the pass, if we

get a big hitter, that can get us up

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and running.

And for Panama, you

have to do a heck of a lot of

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research!

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For England, this World Cup is a

chance to banish some of the painful

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memories of the last few years.

Slap bang in the centre of Africa,

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in word's fourth game of a possible

seven, let's hope this is the bank

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in the middle of their World Cup

campaign.

For the first minute, they

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were hopeless.

That has given

Germany the lead. That is two!

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England are in trouble. And he has

smashed it home.

Muller has sealed

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it. Every aspect of our performance

was poor.

He is going to get there!

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Luis Suarez has slotted it in!

England have lost concentration,

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they lost Luis Suarez.

A dock ways

for England once again in 2014, they

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go home without a win to their name.

We were hopeless from start to

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finish.

Gareth Southgate is waiting

for the draw to get under way in the

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Kremlin and earlier, he spoke to

Dan.

We recognise we are one of only

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31 countries to qualify so it is an

exciting moment for everybody and it

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will be nice to know not only who

are we are going to play, but where

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and when so we can plan our

schedule?

Have you decided where you

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want to be based?

Yes, we are based

in Repino. We have looked at what is

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best for the hotel, and the travel

and the climate and any venue, he

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never get everything you would like.

But we feel that was the best option

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for us. The travel is the longest

flight is three hours and we do that

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any bus journey from Saint George's

to London for Wembley games so that

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is neither here nor there.

How far

realistically can England go in

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Russia?

That is the question we're

asking ourselves. We have a side of

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high potential. We are excited by

our young players in the senior team

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and those who have proved themselves

at European and world level this

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year. We liked a little experience

of those big matches and we do not

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have many big players who have won

major trophies but the future is

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very exciting and it is a great

challenge for this group to see how

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far they can go. We cannot go to a

World Cup and not try and win. Of

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course a lot of these players, they

will peak in May be four years'

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time, but we cannot write off the

tournament. Nobody in England would

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except that.

If I offered you a

quarterfinal of the World Cup next

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summer now, would you take that?

Not

now, no, we want in -- we have not

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won in knockout match since 2006 and

the last two tournament had been a

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disappointment so we have to

remember where we are starting from

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this group of young players, but

they obviously ambitious. Everything

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is ahead of them. And it is not for

me to put a limit on their

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expectations.

He is stand if he does

and he is dammed if he doesn't with

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those questions. Whatever he says,

however he responds, going for a

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quarterfinal or can you win it? It

can be twisted one way or another.

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There is no point entering a

tournament if you do not believe you

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can win it and that is what he will

be saying to his players. Look what

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happened to Portugal two years ago,

nobody thought they would go to the

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Euros and when that. But I think

being realistic, in this country,

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England, we do not expect England to

go because of how poor they have

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been in recent tournaments, we do

not expect them from being terrible

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to suddenly be world beaters, but we

do expect improvement.

You mentioned

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how the goalless draw between

Purcell and England was good for

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Brazil and temporary expectations.

What was the feeling in Brazil about

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the England performance?

They were

shocked by how defensive that was

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but I thought that was fascinating

because it could have been a

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second-round game in the World Cup

and it is 0-0 to the opposition and

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the longer it goes on, the better it

is. The coach was impressed by what

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he saw. But there is a key moment in

the perception of the England team

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here and abroad, which is the World

Cup in South Africa in 2010. It

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seemed they had everything in favour

of them, cold weather, a coach,

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Fabio Cannavaro, but still very poor

indeed. I would like to ask all in

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this, now England have given

attention to the World Cup at youth

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level, winning the under 17 and

under 20 World Cup, that generation

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have tournament experience. Today's

generation and previous generations

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do not grow up with tournament

experience, especially in a context

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where the England players do not

play abroad, so they are not used

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being away from home for any length

of time, how much of that has had an

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impact on the poor performances in

recent tournaments?

Yes, I think so,

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all of a sudden, you away for five,

six weeks. You train and you weep,

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you go to bed. You train, you be, be

go to bed. You watch videos, you

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have your chats with whoever it is,

the manager, the coaches. So it is

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very different to what you are used

to. So it is of huge benefit, when

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people talk about having experience

of tournament football, yes, it is

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about being away from home and

learning what to do. The coaching,

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and just how you react with that.

And that is definitely part of it.

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He has already started to do it,

dipping into that U21 and under 20

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squad. You would advocate that even

more, going forward?

To use those

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with tournament experience. I think

you have two because it is an

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incentive for the guys to do well.

If they are doing well and winning

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tournaments and not getting a taste

of the first team with England, the

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guys would think, there is something

not right here, that is why you have

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got those teams. It is a huge step

up from U21, and 20, because I

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remember the U21 team I played in

that won the Toulon tournament and

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out of a squad of 21, 22 players,

there was only two, myself and David

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James, that went on to play in the

first team with England. So plain

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youth level, U21, and 20, there is

so much that can go right or wrong,

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it is a huge difference.

We have

seen other countries by Paris club

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football and rely on people with

good tournament experience at youth

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level and bring them into seniors.

Uruguay did that.

That is how they

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punch above their weight, they have

a population of just under three

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million and it cannot hang onto its

best players so what is your

0:23:010:23:05

criteria for selection? You are

players in Mexico, Turkey, Spain,

0:23:050:23:10

all over the place. So Uruguay do

this right from the start, they use

0:23:100:23:13

the youth team to identify players

they think would be good enough to

0:23:130:23:17

play in globalised football and they

give them a crash course in the

0:23:170:23:24

identity, the importance of the

shirt. And if they do well at under

0:23:240:23:28

20 level, they pitch them straight

in. In the last couple of months,

0:23:280:23:32

the Uruguay team has totally changed

its characteristics. They had play

0:23:320:23:35

for a number of years, everybody

behind the ball and Doctor Soares.

0:23:350:23:42

They have put in two under 20

players from this year's World Cup,

0:23:420:23:50

and suddenly, you see a Uruguay

midfield that can hold possession

0:23:500:23:56

and that can orchestrate and that is

because they have given

0:23:560:23:59

responsibility to people they have

groomed all the way up. It was a bit

0:23:590:24:03

perhaps like England have started

doing with Gomes. Man of the Match

0:24:030:24:09

for England against Brazil. He was

not there based on his Liverpool

0:24:090:24:13

form, it was his form during the

England youth system. That is a

0:24:130:24:18

Uruguay have been doing for years.

And if they play more at

0:24:180:24:21

international youth level and not as

much for their clubs, we do not need

0:24:210:24:25

the discussion about the winter

break because they would not be

0:24:250:24:28

tired. They might have been flogged

every week in the Premier League.

It

0:24:280:24:32

is difficult for the manager to put

a guy in who has been doing well in

0:24:320:24:37

the youth team but not really in the

first team. That is where part of

0:24:370:24:40

the problem is, getting these

players from the youth level into

0:24:400:24:45

their first teams. History will tell

as the likes of Manchester City or

0:24:450:24:50

Chelsea will go out and they will

buy players.

We are moments away. In

0:24:500:24:55

Brazil and Argentina, they worried

about who they draw or is the

0:24:550:25:00

expectation... Is the expectation,

we expect to beat them all?

Of

0:25:000:25:06

course they are worried. What they

really want is logistics and Brazil

0:25:060:25:12

want Group B.

Group B is definitely

the most favourable group regarding

0:25:120:25:17

travel. A couple of slots in that

group and you will not be travelling

0:25:170:25:20

less than 3,000 miles. As you can

see, they are getting ready to bring

0:25:200:25:27

out the various dignitaries in the

Kremlin. Let's go live to Moscow.

0:25:270:25:33

There is Gordon Banks. Good

afternoon to Jonathan Pearce. Gordon

0:25:330:25:41

Banks takes to the stage here in the

Kremlin. So much history, and he

0:25:410:25:48

provided us with some of our great

historic moments, Gordon Banks, in

0:25:480:25:53

1966. And how about this man? Nikita

Simonyan has an 81, first Vice

0:25:530:26:00

President of the Russian football

federation, he scored against

0:26:000:26:05

England in the World Cup in 1958.

Martinez, manager of Belgium,

0:26:050:26:10

looking on. Helpers for the draw,

they will take the balls out of the

0:26:100:26:15

globes. This is Diego Forlan,

representing Uruguay, the winners

0:26:150:26:23

twice. Winner of the Golden Ball in

2010. The very soul of Argentina in

0:26:230:26:31

1986. The one and only Diego Forlan

-- Diego Maradona. With a lady that

0:26:310:26:40

looks like she has come from Narnia!

That is Gareth Southgate looking on.

0:26:400:26:48

The greatest player ever, arguably,

do you remember him for the second

0:26:480:26:51

goal against England? And failing

the drugs test and being sent home

0:26:510:26:55

in the World Cup in 1984. How about

this man? Laurent Blanc, winner in

0:26:550:27:01

1998, scored the first ever Golden

Goal in World Cup finals, against

0:27:010:27:06

Paraguay, he missed the final. This

man never stops smiling, and why

0:27:060:27:16

not? World Cup winner in 1994 and

2002, the only man to play three

0:27:160:27:23

consecutive World Cups. Didier

Deschamps looking on, manager of

0:27:230:27:27

France. Carles Puyol as the next man

World Cup winner in 2010 and he was

0:27:270:27:37

told at the 19 by Louis Van Gaal to

get his hair cut. Your beastly

0:27:370:27:42

refused! -- he obviously refused.

This is one of my heroes at what a

0:27:420:27:51

player he was, World Cup winner of

the year in 26 /2006 after

0:27:510:27:56

captaining Italy to victory. They

named him the Berlin Wall. I met him

0:27:560:28:07

on a beach in Brazil and I asked him

boys autograph, I have never done

0:28:070:28:10

that before. Now we need the host.

We will carry on in a minute. It

0:28:100:28:19

will be Gary and with him will be

the Russian journalist Maria

0:28:190:28:23

Komandnaya. This is Gary. He did

really well in rehearsal all week,

0:28:230:28:35

he has been working really hard

here.

0:28:350:28:41

Good evening, Gary.

Asking Maria a

question now. If she is about to

0:28:410:28:54

help make the draw. A very key

moment, obviously. A great deal of

0:28:540:29:01

responsibility. Are you ready? Yes,

I am ready! It is a great honour for

0:29:010:29:11

me to be on the stage with Gary, she

says, a momentous occasion. Followed

0:29:110:29:16

by fans all around the world.

Gary,

you were the top scorer at the 1996

0:29:160:29:23

World Cup, how does that compare to

conducting the final draw?

I think

0:29:230:29:26

it will be very different, football

came naturally. I think I prefer to

0:29:260:29:32

take a penalty in the World Cup

final and organise this straw! But I

0:29:320:29:37

will do my best.

Thank you.

We are

ready to begin, Gary, over to you.

0:29:370:29:43

Right, let's take a look at how the

draw is going to work. We have 32

0:29:430:29:48

teams and they have been divided

into four pots, each containing

0:29:480:29:55

eight teams. The allocation teams

and pots is based solely on the Fifa

0:29:550:30:02

Coca-Cola world ranking from October

2017, with the highest ranked teams

0:30:020:30:05

and host Russia in Pot 1 and the

lowest ranked teams in Pot 4. Let's

0:30:050:30:12

take a look at the pots. Pot 1

contains Russia, Germany, Brazil,

0:30:120:30:19

Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland

and France. Pot 2, Spain, Peru,

0:30:190:30:27

Switzerland, England, Colombia,

Mexico, Uruguay and Croatia. Pot 3,

0:30:270:30:34

Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica,

Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and

0:30:340:30:38

Islamic Republic of Iran.

0:30:380:30:42

We will draw the Pots one at a time,

starting with Pot 1 and ending with

0:30:480:30:55

Pot 4. They will populate the groups

alphabetically. The teams in Pot 1

0:30:550:31:03

will occupy the first position in

each group. So A1, B1 and C1, and so

0:31:030:31:08

on. Those are the red balls you see

in each of the Groups to my right.

0:31:080:31:13

The teams in Pot 2, 3 and 4 will be

placed in one of the other three

0:31:130:31:18

positions in the Group were they are

drawn. Those positions are drawn

0:31:180:31:23

randomly from the three white balls

that you can see in each Group pot.

0:31:230:31:28

The one constraint to keep in mind

is that no two teams from the same

0:31:280:31:33

qualifying zone can be drawn in the

same Group. The exemptions of course

0:31:330:31:37

are the European teams as there are

14 of them. All Groups will have a

0:31:370:31:41

minimum of one and a maximum of two

European teams. That's why you might

0:31:410:31:49

see us skipping through the Groups

to make sure that no two teams from

0:31:490:31:52

the same region are drawn in the

same Group. Nice and simple! OK

0:31:520:31:57

then, explanation is over. Let's get

going with the draw. Maria.

Thank

0:31:570:32:01

you, Gary.

0:32:010:32:04

She will start things going. The

first team out, we know that A1 will

0:32:110:32:16

be Russia.

0:32:160:32:19

Interesting that Diego Maradona has

England's future in his hands!

0:32:230:32:26

Russia. We are so happy to welcome

you here for our first World Cup in

0:32:260:32:32

history.

There's the coach. Russia

will occupy the place of A1. Gordan,

0:32:320:32:39

if you want to take out the red ball

to confirm that for us, please. The

0:32:390:32:44

first host winners since France in

98. Won three of their last nine

0:32:440:32:49

games Russia, never got out of the

Group as Russia in three attempts.

0:32:490:32:53

We know they will be playing their

first game in Moscow.

There we go,

0:32:550:33:01

Russia of course will go into the

position in A1.

0:33:010:33:07

Kick-off in Luzhniki. In your hands,

she is saying, you hold the fate of

0:33:150:33:19

entire nations. Portugal.

European

champions led by the Fifa Best

0:33:190:33:28

Player of the Year, Cristiano

Ronaldo.

They will go in the

0:33:280:33:31

position of B1. Take the red ball

from B, please, Gordon.

Hoping to

0:33:310:33:37

emulate the champions of 2008

Germany. Spain went on to win the

0:33:370:33:43

World Cup having won the European

Championship.

B1.

There you have it.

0:33:430:33:50

B1 for Portugal.

They will kick-off

in Sochi. Down south. Seaside

0:33:500:33:57

resort.

The next team drawn will

be...

France.

France. The 1998 World

0:33:570:34:10

Champions.

France will go into Group

3. Diego, can you come forward and

0:34:100:34:14

take the red ball.

They have reached

the last two European based World

0:34:140:34:19

Cup finals.

0:34:190:34:29

They will kick-off east of miles. A

city that is 1,000 years old. Centre

0:34:310:34:40

in world for 2 for tanks and planes.

It was hit by bombardments.

0:34:400:34:45

Argentina.

Argentina. Two time World

Cup champions led by superstar,

0:34:450:34:52

Lionel Messi.

Le he scored the

hat-trick in the last game that got

0:34:520:34:56

Argentina through against Ecuador.

That would be Group D. The red ball.

0:34:560:35:03

That coach is not to be messed with.

They have not failed to clear the

0:35:030:35:08

Group stage in 48 years.

D1 for

Argentina.

Kick-off in Moscow.

0:35:080:35:25

He looks remarkably well, 91 years

of age.

Brazil. Five time World

0:35:250:35:32

Champions. The most successful team

in football history.

One of the

0:35:320:35:36

favourites and with the most

expensive in the world, Neymar. Can

0:35:360:35:40

you take out the red ball from E

please.

They have reached the last

0:35:400:35:47

eight in 11 of the last 12 World

Cups, Brazil.

0:35:470:35:51

E1 for Brazil.

We have only three

games left in Pot 1, erm Germany,

0:35:530:36:01

Belgium and Poland.

Kick-off in

Rostov, will Brazil. No South

0:36:010:36:10

American team can now be drawn in

with Brazil.

Germany.

Germany, the

0:36:100:36:24

reigning World Cup and confederation

Cup champions.

Group F, red ball,

0:36:240:36:30

please.

Is hoping to retain the

trophy, as Brazil did in 58 and 62.

0:36:300:36:44

They kick-off in the Luzhniki

Stadium. Belgium, many people's dark

0:36:440:36:54

hoes horses.

0:36:540:36:57

Belgium.

Belgium. They were

undefeated during qualification.

0:36:580:37:03

Scored 43 goals.

One of the form

sides in the tournament. Can you go

0:37:030:37:09

to Group G and take the red ball.

The longest unbeaten run ever

0:37:090:37:14

Belgium. 15 games unbeaten.

Yes, G1

for Belgium.

0:37:140:37:29

Poland with the super scorer who

netted 16 goals during the

0:37:400:37:44

qualifications.

They will go into

Group H, once again, Carlos.

They

0:37:440:37:50

will be H1. They haven't been out of

a Group since 1980. Their eighth

0:37:500:37:55

appearance. Won't being drawn in

with Poland. A good record against

0:37:550:38:03

them.

0:38:030:38:13

Pot 2 now. Now.

England's Group.

0:38:130:38:18

Europe guy. Winners of the first

World Cup.

They won the World Cup in

0:38:280:38:34

1950 and they will

In the host

nations Group to find out

0:38:340:38:39

whereabouts, please, Gordon. If you

would take from A. If it's A2, this

0:38:390:38:43

is the opening game.

Safe pair of

hands.

Oh, yes, indeed. He looks

0:38:430:38:55

great, doesn't he?

Used to be!

A4.

Their last game will be played

0:38:550:39:03

between Russia and Uruguay.

Uruguay

will kick-off their game, their

0:39:030:39:13

World Cup, in Ekaterinburg, the

furthest east venue.

Spain.

0:39:130:39:23

Champions in 2010.

It's already a

strong group.

0:39:230:39:29

Which position in the Group will

they be? Gordon, Group B, please.

0:39:310:39:39

Lost eight games in their last 40.

They are unbeaten under their coach.

0:39:390:39:45

What an opener it will be if it's

B2.

B2.

The opening game in Group B

0:39:450:39:56

will be Portugal versus Spain. What

a game.

0:39:560:39:59

Friday night that is at 7.00pm. Peak

time.

Peru.

Peru, they return to the

0:40:010:40:13

World Cup for the first time in 36

years.

They will go into Group C.

0:40:130:40:18

Can you take one of the balls from C

to determine their position.

They

0:40:180:40:22

were given a game 3-0 against

Bolivia, they got through by beating

0:40:220:40:28

New Zealand in the Intercontinental

Play-offs.

C3 for Peru.

Open up

0:40:280:40:43

their World Cup in Saransk. Now, has

he pulled out England?

Croatia.

They

0:40:430:40:55

finished third at the Fifa World Cup

in France in 1998.

Diego played out

0:40:550:41:01

Croatia to play against his

Argentina. Diego has always been

0:41:010:41:05

good with his hands! We go to Group

D, please, Diego.

Conceded five

0:41:050:41:15

goals in qualifying, Croatia. Not

been beyond the Group stages since

0:41:150:41:19

they finished third in 98. The coach

has had just three games in charge.

0:41:190:41:24

D3 for Croatia, in the same Group as

Argentina.

They play in Kalinigr a d

0:41:240:41:34

their opening game. The part of

Russia between Poland and Lithuania

0:41:340:41:40

on the Baltic Sea. Hotly disputed

city.

Switzerland. They played two

0:41:400:41:50

tough matches against Northern

Ireland in the play-offs.

The same

0:41:500:41:53

Group as Brazil. Group E please.

Help with the decision against

0:41:530:41:58

Northern Ireland, let's be honest.

Could be England v Germany, you

0:41:580:42:04

know.

E2.

E2 for Switzerland. Their

first game will be against Brazil.

0:42:040:42:16

17th June. Will Maradona pull

England out with Germany or will we

0:42:160:42:25

go withle Belgium or Poland?

Mexico.

They were here in Russia this year

0:42:250:42:34

and reached the semis at the

Confederations Cup.

They go into

0:42:340:42:38

Group F with Germany.

16th

appearance Mexico. They've been out

0:42:380:42:44

of the Group in the last six World

Cups.

F2.

F2 for Mexico. An opening

0:42:440:42:56

fixture with Germany.

Moscow, 17th

June. Is this England? In with

0:42:560:43:07

Belgium. The golden generation of

Belgium. Managed biro Bert owe

0:43:070:43:14

Martinez. It is.

The Three Lions

your home nation, Gary.

Yes. They

0:43:140:43:19

will be in with Belgium, a team we

played in the World Cup before, I

0:43:190:43:25

remember, 1990. Can you go from

Group G pot, please.

England in with

0:43:250:43:32

Belgium.

0:43:320:43:42

Final Group will be Belgium versus

England.

Diego, let's check it out.

0:43:430:43:49

That will be in Volgograd. Belgium

have only failed to clear the Group

0:43:490:43:59

stage once in the last six finals,

by the way. Colombia go in with

0:43:590:44:04

Poland.

Tell us in which position

Colombia will feature in Group H,

0:44:040:44:10

please.

Colombia squeezed through in

fourth.

H3.

H3 for Colombia. That's

0:44:100:44:22

the first two pots done with. We now

move to pot 3. We have in that pot

0:44:220:44:30

Denmark, Iceland, cost Costa Rica,

Sweden, Islamic Republic of require

0:44:300:44:39

ran.

England's opening game will be

on Monday 18th June in Volgograd.

0:44:390:44:51

Egyptian, the first ever African

team to qualify for the World Cup in

0:44:510:44:55

history.

Never won a World Cup

match. They are in with Russia and

0:44:550:45:01

Uruguay. Just the opening game. If

it's A2, it certainly is.

0:45:010:45:10

Egypt, their first game will be

against Uruguay.

Dependent on 20

0:45:180:45:27

macro, of Liverpool, winning all

seven of their eight qualifying

0:45:270:45:30

goals for Egypt.

Denmark, they have

already appeared at the World Cup

0:45:300:45:38

finals four times.

Denmark cannot go

into Group B because we already have

0:45:380:45:44

two European nation so we skipped a

group and we go to C and Denmark go

0:45:440:45:50

into Group C and you can find out

the position, please, Diego?

They

0:45:500:45:56

were the last European qualifiers.

They did well, unbeaten in 11,

0:45:560:45:59

Denmark.

C4.

France versus Denmark.

0:45:590:46:17

Going back to B.

Islamic Republic of

Iran, participated at the World Cup

0:46:220:46:29

four times.

Now we go back

alphabetically, Group B, Islamic

0:46:290:46:34

Republic of Iran, Group B.

Only one

game at World Cup finals, against

0:46:340:46:41

the USA in Bordeaux in 1998. They

have not been -- beating a European

0:46:410:46:48

side since beating Russia in 2011.

B4, Islamic Republic of Iran.

Very

0:46:480:46:58

tough draw for them. In St

Petersburg, 250-1 shot, ranked 32nd

0:46:580:47:05

in the world. 12 successive clean

sheets in qualifying.

Iceland, they

0:47:050:47:13

should start practising Viking wave

before next summer, including as!

0:47:130:47:19

Not now! Not now, probably not the

moment, Iceland have more volcanoes

0:47:190:47:23

than they do professional football

players, remarkable to make it to

0:47:230:47:27

this first World Cup, good luck to

them, in Group D. Let's find out the

0:47:270:47:32

possession -- the position from

Diego, please.

Smallest population

0:47:320:47:38

ever in a World Cup finals, 330,000.

In the last three games to qualify.

0:47:380:47:46

D2, what about that for an opening

game for Iceland against Argentina!

0:47:460:47:52

In Moscow, in the Spartak Stadium.

0:47:520:48:03

Costa Rica. Costa Rica,

quarterfinalist at the last World

0:48:040:48:07

Cup in Brazil in 2014.

They were

involved in the group of death and

0:48:070:48:11

they were the surprise winners of

that group, I recall. They go into

0:48:110:48:15

Group B, Laurent, please.

They did

so well four years ago, Uruguay,

0:48:150:48:23

Italy, Greece, a draw with England,

fourth appearance in six World Cups,

0:48:230:48:28

for Costa Rica.

Be three, Costa

Rica. We have only three teams last

0:48:280:48:36

in Pot 3, what team is next wished

Mark we cannot get Sweden because of

0:48:360:48:42

two European teams in Group G

already.

It looks like Tunisia or

0:48:420:48:49

Senegal.

Sweden, dramatically

defeated four-time champions Italy

0:48:490:48:55

in the play-offs.

They go into group

alongside Germany and Mexico.

0:48:550:49:01

Laurent, Group F please.

First

appearance in 12 years, for Sweden,

0:49:010:49:07

they did well to beat Italy in the

play-offs and Portugal and France.

0:49:070:49:11

They do not travel well.

Sweden

imposition F3. -- in position.

They

0:49:110:49:23

lost in qualifying in France and

Bulgaria, it is a tough group.

0:49:230:49:29

Tunisia.

They will be in with

England as they were in France in

0:49:290:49:37

1998. What a game it was down in

Marseille! Alan Shearer and Paul

0:49:370:49:42

Scholes.

0:49:420:49:44

England's opening game again.

G3,

Tunisia.

They played their first

0:49:490:49:55

game against England. That is in

Volgograd on June the 18th, a Friday

0:49:550:49:59

night at seven p:m..

Senegal.

They

went on to the quarterfinals in

0:49:590:50:07

their first World Cup in 2002.

Yes,

they go to Group H with Poland and

0:50:070:50:14

Colombia. Carles, please.

H2.

The

Senegal, opening game against

0:50:140:50:29

Poland. And that concludes all our

teams.

Watch out for them, they are

0:50:290:50:38

the dock courses.

0:50:380:50:40

A bit more and Tunisia, only won one

game in the final a long time ago.

0:50:460:50:54

Beating Russia not beating a

European team since May 2,000 six.

0:50:540:50:59

Saudi Arabia can now boast about

their fifth World Cup in football

0:50:590:51:05

history.

Not only that, Saudi Arabia

will be playing against Russia in

0:51:050:51:08

the opening game of the 2018 Fifa

World Cup year in Russia, what about

0:51:080:51:16

that, in Moscow? Save the day. And

if you could confirm that position,

0:51:160:51:21

Gordon, please.

Last win in the

World Cup was in June 1994 against

0:51:210:51:28

Belgium, it was some goal, can you

remember that? They have appointed a

0:51:280:51:33

new coach this week.

Russia, Saudi

Arabia...

The first group completed.

0:51:330:51:43

He used to be the Chile manager.

It

is great to have an Italian involved

0:51:430:51:50

in a World Cup!

Serbia.

Serbia were

defeated only once on the road to

0:51:500:51:59

Russia.

This is where we have the

skip some groups, the first time we

0:51:590:52:05

have got a little bit of

complication because we have

0:52:050:52:09

European teams in both Group B,

Group C and Group D, two in each, so

0:52:090:52:13

we have to go to Group E. So I will

ask Laurent to take out the final

0:52:130:52:19

ball from Group B, please. -- Group

E. E four, for Serbia, that group

0:52:190:52:31

involves Brazil, Switzerland, Costa

Rica and Serbia.

Their last game is

0:52:310:52:35

going to be against Brazil, up

against Costa Rica. Serbia. A strong

0:52:350:52:44

team, two defeats in their last 14,

they do not concede goals.

The

0:52:440:52:48

Moroccans were absent for 20 years

and now they are back to the World

0:52:480:52:51

Cup.

Yes, they did not concede a

single goal in qualification. We now

0:52:510:52:55

go back alphabetically to Group B

where Morocco fit, they will be with

0:52:550:53:02

Portugal, Spain and Iran. Gordon,

take your final ball, please.

Coach

0:53:020:53:08

by a wily old Fox, his fourth

African nations, winners of the

0:53:080:53:11

World Cup from the Ivory Coast by

four points, in the final for the

0:53:110:53:16

first time since 1998.

B three. B

three, Morocco, their first game is

0:53:160:53:24

against Islamic Republic of Iran.

In

St Petersburg on the 15th. England

0:53:240:53:30

opener against Tunisia in Volgograd.

Rounded things off against Belgium

0:53:300:53:38

in Kalingrad, seven p:m., that is

the 28th.

They had been in the

0:53:380:53:44

play-offs against Serie A and

Honduras.

Can you confirm the group

0:53:440:53:49

please, Diego?

The first game for

France, Australia. In Kazan.

Austria

0:53:490:54:01

have France, Peru and Denmark.

--

Australia.

Let's do the honours,

0:54:010:54:10

please, Fabbiano.

Panama still in

there, first World Cup finals,

0:54:100:54:19

Nigeria. Out they come.

Nigeria...

And Argentina!

Nigeria go into Group

0:54:190:54:28

D. Take your final ball, please,

Diego.

That will be five Nigeria and

0:54:280:54:36

Argentina games in six World Cup

appearances for Nigeria.

Japan,

0:54:360:54:48

Panama or Korean Republic, what team

will be next?

The last game for

0:54:480:54:53

Nigeria is in St Petersburg against

Argentina on June 20 six. Good

0:54:530:54:58

groups building up here. Who will

England get as the last team.

0:54:580:55:05

Looking forward to seeing them play

in the first World Cup in history.

0:55:050:55:08

Good luck to Panama, they go into

Group F because Mexico from the

0:55:080:55:13

federation so we skip ahead to one

group, Group G, please, Carles.

0:55:130:55:18

There you are! England with Belgium,

Tunisia and Panama.

Panama's

0:55:180:55:28

first-ever World Cup game will be

against Belgium, also in that group,

0:55:280:55:32

Tunisia and England.

Ranked 56 in

the world now, Panama. Runners-up in

0:55:320:55:42

the USA in 2013. They failed and ten

previous qualifying attempts.

Korea

0:55:420:55:47

Republic semifinalists in 2002 at

home.

And back in alphabetical order

0:55:470:55:53

to Group F, Laurent, please.

Again,

Republic of South Korea, ninth World

0:55:530:55:59

Cup finals in a row. They went out

in the group stage in seven of their

0:55:590:56:04

nine. With Sweden, Mexico and

Germany. A tough last game for them

0:56:040:56:10

against Germany. The last group is

Senegal, Colombia and Japan, and

0:56:100:56:18

Germany.

Japan, their sixth

consecutive World Cup finals.

0:56:180:56:25

England play Tunisia in Volgograd on

the 18th, that is a Sunday, and they

0:56:250:56:32

play Panama in Nizhny Novgorod

whether used to make submarines!

0:56:320:56:36

Whisper it quietly. And they end up

with Belgium in Kalingrad.

0:56:360:56:43

That ends the draw for the fever

World Cup in Russia. Before we move

0:56:430:56:48

on, let's remind ourselves of the

groups again, starting with the host

0:56:480:56:53

nations group, Group A, Russia, and

opening game against Saudi Arabia,

0:56:530:56:59

also Egypt and Uruguay.

Portugal,

Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B.

0:56:590:57:04

Gary, what group seems to be the

toughest?

I think there are a lot of

0:57:260:57:32

tough groups in the naturally, but

the one that stands out looks to be

0:57:320:57:35

Group B with Portugal and Spain,

near neighbours, Rocco, very strong

0:57:350:57:41

in qualification and Islamic

Republic of Iran. That looks to be a

0:57:410:57:45

difficult group. The opinion of our

star players here today. Diego.

He

0:57:450:57:57

just asked him what he thinks of the

group with Argentina. Diego thinks

0:57:570:58:03

it is a feasible challenge. Because

of the type of teams, because

0:58:030:58:10

Argentina will have to step up their

game, they were very overreliant on

0:58:100:58:14

Messi. He is asking what he thinks

of the Spain and Portugal group,

0:58:140:58:24

that should be very important. And

the European champions Portugal, a

0:58:240:58:32

difficult game for Spain, a good

start.

Can I thank Mark our

0:58:320:58:37

assistants who have done such a

great job and nobody dropped a ball!

0:58:370:58:43

Well played, thank you very much

indeed. And to wish your

0:58:430:58:47

representatives of the various teams

that will play next summer, we just

0:58:470:58:50

want to wish you all the very best,

good luck and thank you.

Thank you,

0:58:500:58:56

Gary!

Well done, Gary. A great draw and I

0:58:560:59:01

hope you enjoyed it at home, it

looks like a very good draw for

0:59:010:59:04

England and we could play Poland,

Senegal, Colombia or Japan. It is a

0:59:040:59:10

decent draw. Back to you, Mark.

Thank you very much. A decent draw,

0:59:100:59:16

says Jonathan. We will see the

thoughts of everybody in the studio.

0:59:160:59:24

Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. England

will begin in Volgograd and Jimmy

0:59:240:59:29

18th against Tunisia. The middle

game will be a week later against

0:59:290:59:33

Panama. That will be in Nizhny

Novgorod. And the final in

0:59:330:59:41

Kalingrad, England against Belgium.

Belgium are the group seeds and that

0:59:410:59:47

is on June 28, the final evening of

group matches. As you can see, Jose

0:59:470:59:55

Fonte of West Ham and Portugal has

joined us and we will get his

0:59:551:00:00

thoughts in a moment.

Your thoughts?

I don't want to say it is a good

1:00:001:00:04

group or a bad group because I have

heard it so many times over the

1:00:041:00:07

years. It brings back memories, that

opening game, Tunisia, back in 1998.

1:00:071:00:15

Scoring, winning.

1:00:151:00:20

Great header!

Unbelievable. Seems to

have made a whole World Cup draw

1:00:201:00:30

about yourself again, remarkable!

This wasn't a bad goal.

What they do

1:00:301:00:35

have, Paul Scholes with his second

one on a hot afternoon in France

1:00:351:00:41

when England beat Tunisia. This

Group has Panama, who you said you

1:00:411:00:46

didn't want, difficult to get going.

It has the the attraction of

1:00:461:00:49

Belgium. Both sets of player will

know each other well?

We talked

1:00:491:00:54

earlier about the distance in

travel. Physical I read that

1:00:541:00:57

correctly, I think it's six days

after our first game. So we have six

1:00:571:01:03

days rest after our first game. If

they are worried about travel etc

1:01:031:01:07

that shouldn't be an issue.

What

about Panama, Tim?

First World Cup.

1:01:071:01:14

Lovely presence for a group of

players, majority in their mid 30s.

1:01:141:01:18

I can't see them doing what Costa

Rica did in Brazil.

Let's not go

1:01:181:01:26

there! ?

If we want to make it about

Alan Shearer, let's do that. Their

1:01:261:01:36

coach is steeped in World Cup

experience. Took Ecuador that their

1:01:361:01:39

first World Cup. Assistant coach for

Colombia in 90 and 94 and coach of

1:01:391:01:50

Coe lombia in 98 when they couldn't

cope with Alan Shearer.

He has done

1:01:501:01:58

his homework.

That is why we book

him. Fascinating group for Portugal.

1:01:581:02:03

What are your feelings on that?

Definitely a good Group to watch. As

1:02:031:02:10

I was saying to Alan, we have to

play them all. Yeah, very exciting

1:02:101:02:19

first game, Morocco is strong. They

have done

1:02:191:02:22

first game, Morocco is strong. They

have done well in the qualification

1:02:221:02:24

Iran with Portuguese manager will be

interesting as well.

Is it good to

1:02:241:02:28

get Spain out of the way first,

which is what you will do. The

1:02:281:02:31

fixtures are on the screen. In Sochi

on June 15th scientist

Definitely.

1:02:311:02:36

Important game. The first one is

always a tricky one, as Alan can

1:02:361:02:41

concur with that. It's always

difficult to go into the first game.

1:02:411:02:47

Hopefully, we can present ourselves

in a good way and get a good result

1:02:471:02:53

against Spain to give ourselves the

best chance in the other

1:02:531:02:56

against Spain to give ourselves the

best chance in the other two games.

1:02:561:03:00

What is the Portuguese mentality

towards Spain as fans and players.

1:03:001:03:05

You are reigning European Champions.

You are the heavy hitters you are

1:03:051:03:12

the seed not the Spanish?

Definitely. Big rivalry. It will be

1:03:121:03:17

like a Derby. It will be

fascinating, for sure. Everyone will

1:03:171:03:20

be up for it. It's a great game to

play in. We look forward to it.

Have

1:03:201:03:26

you set targets as a group for this

World Cup? Do you talk about that or

1:03:261:03:29

not?

Obviously, we are the European

champions, we have our ambitions, we

1:03:291:03:39

have to take it game by game, like

in the Euros. We are expected to go

1:03:391:03:44

through to the Group stages and we

are confident that we can do that,

1:03:441:03:48

but we have to keep our feet on the

ground and approach it game by game

1:03:481:03:53

like in the Euros.

England against

Belgium, back to Group G, the number

1:03:531:04:01

of different attacking weapons at

Roberto Martinez' disposal is

1:04:011:04:06

frighten. Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne,

they all having excellent seasons.

1:04:061:04:11

That will be a very, very Duff game.

They have got some top quality

1:04:111:04:15

players in that team.

We have been

saying it for a while I think now.

1:04:151:04:23

Certainly the last tournament, they

should go a distance in the

1:04:231:04:28

tournament because of the number of

players that they have at their

1:04:281:04:31

disposal now. That's a tough game.

It will be one that we will all look

1:04:311:04:36

forward to.

Does it help that so

many of them are applying their

1:04:361:04:41

trade in the Premier League? Does

though relationships help or hinder,

1:04:411:04:45

do you think, from an England

perspective?

I don't think it

1:04:451:04:50

matters. You do your homework

whether it's Belgium, Panama or

1:04:501:04:54

Tunisia. Gareth in between now and

the World Cup will have every bit of

1:04:541:04:58

information about every single

player, results, past results, form.

1:04:581:05:02

They will have everything available

to them. I don't think that matters.

1:05:021:05:05

Let us find out more about Tunisia.

1:05:051:05:08

We've been joined by John Bennett

from the BBC World Service who

1:05:161:05:23

reported from Africa on the

qualifying campaign.

They were away

1:05:231:05:28

to Congo in a crucial game in an

intimidating atmosphere, one of the

1:05:281:05:34

most intimidating at moss fierce in

world football. They were 2-0 with

1:05:341:05:38

13 minutes to go they got it back to

2-2. A test of character. It ended

1:05:381:05:44

up being their most important

result. They have proved their

1:05:441:05:47

character in qualifying. They had

good performances in qualifying.

1:05:471:05:51

Having said that, Gareth Southgate

should be relatively pleased to have

1:05:511:05:54

drawn Tunisia in the Group. For me,

they are the weakest African team at

1:05:541:05:59

this World Cup. They do have decent

players, unlike say Egypt or

1:05:591:06:04

Senegal, they are a team that lacks

stars. Their biggest star who played

1:06:041:06:15

for Sunderland. They have a winger

who is a good player. He plays in

1:06:151:06:19

Qatar. He has been linked with

Arsenal in the past. He played in

1:06:191:06:22

Qatar. Never fulfilled his

potential. It's a team without

1:06:221:06:26

stars. Most of them play in

doestestic football in Tunisia. Out

1:06:261:06:31

of their last squad, 15 of their

23-man squad played for just three

1:06:311:06:36

teams in the top-flight of Tunisian

football. It's a team that lacks

1:06:361:06:40

stars, but a team with a the the of

character and a lot of togetherness

1:06:401:06:44

and unity. They will go there and

feel they've nothing to lose. They

1:06:441:06:48

will go there feeling they can use

their flare players to cause an

1:06:481:06:55

upset. England should be relatively

pleased to have drawn Tunisia.

They

1:06:551:07:01

are not the strongest. Who would you

look out for at the moment. There is

1:07:011:07:06

a caveat, a lot can change by the

time we get to June? ?Before the

1:07:061:07:10

draw I was thinking from an English

perspective who I would have wanted

1:07:101:07:14

to avoid, the two teams I wanted to

avoid in the draw from the English

1:07:141:07:20

perspective were Egypt, because of

Mohamed Salah. With him in the team

1:07:201:07:24

they are an excellent team. They are

one-dimensional without him. So

1:07:241:07:29

their head coach will be hoping and

praying that he doesn't pick up any

1:07:291:07:32

injury during the Premier League

season with Liverpool.

Nigeria are a

1:07:321:07:37

team to watch as well because they

have star players going forward.

1:07:371:07:44

Look out for mock --

1:07:441:08:00

Morocco to cause an upset. They are

in their first World Cup since 1998.

1:08:021:08:08

They are in a tough group, aren't

they, expect them to possibly cause

1:08:081:08:15

an upset because their coach is

Tactically astute. They have nothing

1:08:151:08:26

to lose going to Russia.

Thank you

very much. Let us look at the cities

1:08:261:08:34

where England are going to

1:08:341:08:36

very much. Let us look at the cities

where England are going to political

1:08:361:08:36

their Group matches. The amount of

travelling that England will have to

1:08:361:08:39

do. They have come out in G4, you

can see there. Tunisia against

1:08:391:08:43

England will be in Volgograd. From

their St Peter'sburg base 960 miles.

1:08:431:08:54

Then when they go back to their base

they will then go to Nizhny

1:08:541:09:00

Novgorod, that's nearly, just over

50 miles for the game with Panama.

1:09:001:09:04

They will have to fly back. Add that

on if you are keeping account of

1:09:041:09:08

this. The final one is Kaliningrad

when they take on Belgium. 4,066

1:09:081:09:20

miles in total. Does the travelling

matter we had a debate earlier about

1:09:201:09:26

whether travelling matters or not

because of the modern player because

1:09:261:09:29

of the

1:09:291:09:32

because of the modern player because

of the comfort you travel

1:09:321:09:33

because of the modern player because

of the comfort you travel in In my

1:09:331:09:37

opinion is has an affect if you are

stuck in a plane for a long time and

1:09:371:09:41

then on the bus.

Normally the

airport is not close to where your

1:09:411:09:45

base is. You will be in the bus for

two or three hours. Russia is a big

1:09:451:09:51

country as well. We expect a lot of

travelling. In fact, it does... It

1:09:511:09:57

can affect the physical size of the

recovery, in my opinion.

After

1:09:571:10:03

England play their first game they

have six days to recover from that.

1:10:031:10:07

I don't see that being a major issue

with England, no.

2,400 for Portugal

1:10:071:10:14

in total. Your base is just outside

Moscow. Have you a game in Moscow as

1:10:141:10:19

well. For you as a player, what do

you want from a training camp? Do

1:10:191:10:22

you like to be in the thick of

things, do you want to be out of the

1:10:221:10:26

way, what do you want?

Exactly the

same as in France. It was fantastic.

1:10:261:10:33

We were based in the Rugby National

Centre, the training ground was

1:10:331:10:43

fantastic, gym incredible, we had

swimming pool, recovery systems in

1:10:431:10:46

place. For us, the most important,

the players is having that at your

1:10:461:10:51

disposal.

Did you have freedom as

well? Whatever happens in this World

1:10:511:10:55

Cup we will look for the opposite to

happen when we come round to the

1:10:551:11:00

next one, such as the role of the

media.

It's vital. You spend 50

1:11:001:11:05

days, if you go all the way to the

end, you spend 50 days together. Our

1:11:051:11:09

manager I remember clearly our

manager in France was very good.

1:11:091:11:13

Every opportunity we had a day off,

he would allow us to go into Paris.

1:11:131:11:18

He would allow us to see our family.

He would give us the freedom to

1:11:181:11:23

forget a little bit about the stress

that we were under. It's very

1:11:231:11:29

important to have some time for

yourself and to be with your family.

1:11:291:11:34

Your manager, it seems like he gives

you the best facilities. It looked

1:11:341:11:40

like he's slept in the car. He's

such a...

He's always working. He's

1:11:401:11:46

always thinking about how we can

win.

If you are always working, Tim,

1:11:461:11:49

you can't afford to pamper yourself,

the job first. You sense, don't you,

1:11:491:11:55

Gareth will try and give England a

little bit of that freedom if he

1:11:551:11:58

can?

A big plus that Gareth has is

that he's played in tournaments. I

1:11:581:12:04

think that's a big advantage. He

knows what to expect. He's been

1:12:041:12:08

there as a player. I think he

understands what is right, what is

1:12:081:12:11

wrong, what a player needs. So he

will take that into the management

1:12:111:12:15

side of it, no problem.

Do you think

Brazil will find this World Cup a

1:12:151:12:20

relief in many ways because of the

pressure on them at the last World

1:12:201:12:27

Cup as the hosts to use a cliche a

football mad country?

There are two

1:12:271:12:32

results - winning or disgrace

almost. They will clear up that

1:12:321:12:36

stain on the

1:12:361:12:37

almost. They will clear up that

stain on the carpet if they win

1:12:371:12:40

Looking at their draw. Two

interesting aspects. One, they will

1:12:401:12:47

- assuming they qualifying, the

cross over with Germany's Group. Who

1:12:471:12:50

they start against. The first game

against Switzerland. For the forward

1:12:501:12:57

line, for Neymar that's a evocative

game. Back to the World under-17 Cup

1:12:571:13:05

in 2009. Brazil against Switzerland

is

1:13:051:13:09

in 2009. Brazil against Switzerland

is the last Group game Switzerland

1:13:091:13:11

win 1-0. Brazil were looking for a

goal. They take Neymar off because

1:13:111:13:16

he's so ineffective. Brazil were

eliminated in the Group phase of

1:13:161:13:20

that. I honestly think that Neymar's

failure in that tournament, he was

1:13:201:13:26

taken off against Mexico that they

also lost, Neymar's failure in that

1:13:261:13:32

tournament delayed his arrival in

Europe. It made him realise that

1:13:321:13:35

global football is more difficult

than domestic football. That is a

1:13:351:13:38

game that I think had an effect on

his career. What a star. At senior

1:13:381:13:46

level, he's been on the losing side

in one competitive game. He couldn't

1:13:461:13:52

cope with it. At the end he had

attacked the referee. He got a long

1:13:521:13:56

suspension. How Neymar reacts to the

pressure is going to be one of the

1:13:561:14:00

great stories of the World Cup. It

couldn't be a more evocative start,

1:14:001:14:05

him against Switzerland.

He is

struggling with the pressure at the

1:14:051:14:10

moment at PSG if you believe some of

the stuff you read

He didn't have a

1:14:101:14:14

great game against England.

Fabulously talented player. There

1:14:141:14:17

are times they wants to do too much.

Time when his game is about drawing

1:14:171:14:23

fouls. The Brazil coach knows that

he's got a difficult player to

1:14:231:14:28

handle. A wonderful player. A player

who is not a luxury item.

1:14:281:14:33

handle. A wonderful player. A player

who is not a luxury item. Help wants

1:14:331:14:33

to train a good player in the group.

There's an element of spoilt child

1:14:331:14:38

about imhad. This will be the World

Cup that he plays closest to his

1:14:381:14:42

peak probably. The story of Neymar

in this tournament will be

1:14:421:14:48

fascinating.

Could you play on a

player's perceived emotional

1:14:481:14:53

fragility on the field?

We are

talking about a world-class player,

1:14:531:14:59

Neymar is one of the top five, for

sure, in the world. He's getting

1:14:591:15:06

experience. He's now at PSG after

being in one of the most clubs under

1:15:061:15:16

pressure. The players at Barcelona

are under extreme pressure every

1:15:161:15:20

day. I don't think really that

mentally we will take any advantage

1:15:201:15:25

of Neymar. He will be ready and up

1:15:251:15:27

of Neymar. He will be ready and up

for it. He's going to be tough to

1:15:271:15:30

play against him, that's for sure.

1:15:301:15:35

There will be certain players who

see the tournament as their defining

1:15:351:15:40

career moment which may be, did

Diego Maradona go in in 1986

1:15:401:15:47

thinking he needed to win the World

Cup to define him as a player?

I

1:15:471:15:51

don't know. We say about pressure

that we put on our team with

1:15:511:15:57

England, the pressure that Neymar

and those guys have to put up with

1:15:571:16:01

is at another level when it comes to

what it means to them and that

1:16:011:16:08

country. That was fascinating when

we spent time in Brazil to look at

1:16:081:16:13

that and to understand that. With

what he has to deal with in his

1:16:131:16:17

life, I think you will enjoy this

World Cup.

Switzerland, Costa Rica,

1:16:171:16:23

Serbia in the Brazil group at the

2018 World Cup. Alan accuse me of

1:16:231:16:29

being negative before the draw. So

take a look at this. This is

1:16:291:16:33

England's route to the final. Why

are you sniggering? Make your mind

1:16:331:16:38

up! I am too negative or two

positive!

We have been here so many

1:16:381:16:42

times!

This is based on is

predicting the group stage results

1:16:421:16:47

as well. And we have predicted that

England will win the group. Just go

1:16:471:16:53

with it, everybody, be positive!

That would be Colombia in the

1:16:531:16:59

last... This looks difficult

already! Colombia in the last 16.

1:16:591:17:05

Brazil in the quarterfinal, France

in the semifinal and Germany in the

1:17:051:17:08

final. But as Jose said, you have

got to beat them.

Well, that is

1:17:081:17:13

easy, we are going to the World Cup!

Simple!

If you are not quite as

1:17:131:17:18

confident, we are now going to do it

as if England were runners-up in the

1:17:181:17:23

group. And that would then be Poland

in the last 16. Germany in the

1:17:231:17:30

quarterfinal, Spain in a semifinal.

I apologise! I apologise, I don't

1:17:301:17:36

know who has decided Spain would end

up there! Spain in the semifinal and

1:17:361:17:41

Brazil in the final.

That is even

easier, we're definitely going to

1:17:411:17:46

win the World Cup!

I suppose England

will be happy, we don't want to get

1:17:461:17:50

too far ahead of ourselves, but the

fact the last 16 game, if do get

1:17:501:17:53

through, that would be Poland,

Senegal, Colombia, Japan group, can

1:17:531:18:01

you see a positive?

Yes, I can see a

positive, but I am sure we sat here

1:18:011:18:05

in 2010 with the USA, Slovenia and

Algeria and try to put our way

1:18:051:18:11

through the groups as well. I think

Gareth were big quietly pleased with

1:18:111:18:14

that, yes.

More details now on the

Panama.

1:18:141:18:20

Mani Djazmi covered the Asian

qualification for the World Service.

1:18:201:18:25

The feeling in the studio is England

will be happy to have got Panama.

1:18:251:18:30

Absolutely, and I think Panama will

be happy to get England and Belgium.

1:18:301:18:35

Although the familiarity has bred

contempt for the England national

1:18:351:18:38

team here, broad, England are still

one of the blue ribbon names.

1:18:381:18:44

Imagine being Panama in their

first-ever World Cup and they have

1:18:441:18:48

England and the stars of Belgium.

This week, their coach Gomes talked

1:18:481:18:53

about maintaining dignity so they

are not expecting to go through.

1:18:531:18:55

Just hoping to give a good account

of themselves. In the qualifiers,

1:18:551:19:02

they had the oldest team of the

teams that had qualified and they

1:19:021:19:05

had been gradually progressing in

the last few years. Reaching the

1:19:051:19:09

semifinals of three of the last four

goal cups, there are equivalent of

1:19:091:19:13

the Euros. But they qualified in

extraordinary fashion. I was going

1:19:131:19:19

to go to their final qualifier at

home to Costa Rica, but they lost

1:19:191:19:23

their penultimate game 4-0 to the

USA and I thought, USA have to get a

1:19:231:19:28

draw in Trinidad, there is no story.

The USA lost and they won with a

1:19:281:19:34

goal in the 87th minute after two

years, almost 2.5, of qualifying.

1:19:341:19:39

They clinched a qualifying place,

with three minutes to go of their

1:19:391:19:44

entire campaign. So they are there

in Russia to have a great time.

The

1:19:441:19:48

other thing in that game, am I right

in thinking their equaliser did not

1:19:481:19:52

cross the line?

No, it was a

controversial goal. That does not

1:19:521:19:59

mean they did not deserve to be

there, they played 16 games in

1:19:591:20:03

qualifying. To get to the World Cup.

Nobody expected it. They did not

1:20:031:20:09

even expected either. But just a

point of order in case everybody

1:20:091:20:16

thinks Panama could be the whipping

boys. Their coach Gomez was the

1:20:161:20:20

coach of Ecuador who he took the

last 16 when they made their World

1:20:201:20:25

Cup debut in 20 -- in 2002, so he

knows how to do it, but in that

1:20:251:20:31

group, they will be hoping to score

goals, enjoy the games, and not get

1:20:311:20:36

hammered.

Trust me, nobody in the

studio thinks they will be whipping

1:20:361:20:43

boys, we are too long in the tooth

for that! We hope to hear from

1:20:431:20:48

Gareth Southgate shortly, but these

are ten memorable matches from the

1:20:481:20:53

last ten World Cups.

1:20:531:21:03

Good play by Gammell, and again! It

is 3-1!

1:21:031:21:06

A brilliant individual goal! Good

shot! It is turned in, he was there

1:21:091:21:18

again! Unbelievable! 3-2, Italy.

Argentina... He has made it 3-2!

1:21:181:21:28

Amazing scenes here!

1:21:281:21:32

Oh, he has scored! One is sent off,

the other one is scored, amazing!

1:21:361:21:44

Yes! It is 2-1, Bulgaria!

The Germans can't believe it! The

1:21:441:21:53

holders are out of the World Cup.

Beautifully pulls down by Dennis

1:21:531:21:59

Bergkamp! Oh, what a goal! Dennis

Bergkamp wins it for Holland, that

1:21:591:22:04

was absolutely brilliant! The cross.

Oh, yes! And he puts career into the

1:22:041:22:17

quarterfinals. What a story! He has

scored and Italy are heading to

1:22:171:22:27

Berlin! What a goal! What a goal! It

is a red card, it is blocked on the

1:22:271:22:34

line, does that mean Ghana have a

penalty with the last click of the

1:22:341:22:37

game? Oh, he has missed! I cannot

believe it! Oh, it's seven! Brazil

1:22:371:22:49

are being humiliated, Humbolt and is

taken apart by Germany.

1:22:491:22:55

The Luis Suarez reaction to that

yellow card still amuses me, me? I

1:22:571:23:07

did nothing wrong! Argentina have

Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Yet

1:23:071:23:10

again. They start with Iceland,

Croatia is the middle and they end

1:23:101:23:17

with Nigeria in St Petersburg.

They

have just played Nigeria and their

1:23:171:23:23

defence collapsed against Nigeria in

the second half. They were 2-0 up

1:23:231:23:27

and they lost 4-2. What a great

start! Argentina against Iceland,

1:23:271:23:36

and Iceland. It will be interesting

to see how brave they will be and

1:23:361:23:40

how much they will look to exploit

the defensive weaknesses in that

1:23:401:23:45

Argentina side. Argentina getting

out of that group, the crossover is

1:23:451:23:49

with the group of France. From that

perspective, Brazil's group crosses

1:23:491:23:55

over with Germany, Argentina with

France, I think I am with you from

1:23:551:24:00

that perspective on your positivity!

Argentina will have concerns about

1:24:001:24:03

that group?

Argentina have concerns

about their own team at the moment.

1:24:031:24:08

They have a coach who wants to press

aggressively in your half of the

1:24:081:24:13

field, he has a midfield that does

not press, a back three who are slow

1:24:131:24:16

and who drop very deep and he is

playing wingers as wingbacks and

1:24:161:24:22

they have the run 80 metres and

defend at the end of it, so that is

1:24:221:24:26

why they collapsed against Nigeria.

At the moment, Argentina have enough

1:24:261:24:29

problems sorting out their model of

play.

Portugal were in the same

1:24:291:24:33

group as Iceland at the Euros. Did

you find they were a very defensive

1:24:331:24:38

team?

Well, I heard everyone saying

we were in an easy group and we

1:24:381:24:45

ended up not winning any of the

group stages. So there is no easy

1:24:451:24:51

games, as we all know. Iceland,

Croatia, Nigeria will be very, very

1:24:511:24:57

tough. This is a fascinating group,

in my opinion, this is a tough

1:24:571:25:02

group. We played against Croatia in

the Euros and it was one of the most

1:25:021:25:05

difficult games that we had. We won

in the last couple of minutes only,

1:25:051:25:10

in extra time. And Nigeria, with the

creative players they have,

1:25:101:25:16

fantastic group.

Really good group.

Back to Moscow and we can get Gareth

1:25:161:25:23

Southgate's reaction to the draw.

He's lively Jonathan Pearce. I will

1:25:231:25:29

take Gareth back to Marseille,

France 1998, Tunisia, it was the

1:25:291:25:34

opener, it is the Open net game.

That was the first thing that went

1:25:341:25:37

through my mind, fantastic day as a

player to play on a brilliant

1:25:371:25:42

occasion, incredible atmosphere, the

fans made that day. Nice to relive

1:25:421:25:46

that. What sort of a side are they?

We have to find that out now. We

1:25:461:25:50

have not done as much research on

the African teams yet, we do not

1:25:501:25:54

have to play them until now. Now is

the -- opportunity. It is great to

1:25:541:25:59

know where you are playing until you

are playing and now we can focus on

1:25:591:26:03

that.

How important is the break, a

sizeable break, six days between

1:26:031:26:06

that game and the game against the

new boys, Panama?

Again, there is a

1:26:061:26:13

bit of travelling and it gives the

opportunity may be for injuries if

1:26:131:26:16

you get them, to clear up. You are

always grateful for as much

1:26:161:26:21

preparation as possible for any

game.

It is their first finals,

1:26:211:26:25

people already would be writing them

off, people have said Costa Rica

1:26:251:26:28

would not do anything four years

ago.

We are good at writing teams

1:26:281:26:33

off and getting beaten by them! We

have to be prepared for those games.

1:26:331:26:38

It is fantastically exciting to be

here for the draw with every other

1:26:381:26:41

coach. A great experience. Really

looking forward to getting on with

1:26:411:26:45

it.

They're pots tree is very

experienced, he has been there with

1:26:451:26:49

two different countries, experience

counts at this level? -- their coach

1:26:491:26:56

is very experienced, Hernan Dario

Gomez!

Great mixing with experienced

1:26:561:27:02

coaches in terms of the World Cup.

Roberto, who we played in the last

1:27:021:27:06

game, is in the same position as me.

It is nice to have a fresh challenge

1:27:061:27:10

and looking forward to it.

That is

the final game, all Jim, Kalingrad,

1:27:101:27:14

it will be easier for English fans,

not from -- not far from St

1:27:141:27:20

Petersburg where you are based.

Travel wise, the way the tournament

1:27:201:27:23

is, you have to be adaptable and you

will be on the road, but the

1:27:231:27:27

kick-off times are decent as well.

You said you do not know a lot about

1:27:271:27:31

Panama or Tunisia but you know

Belgium because you see the players

1:27:311:27:34

every week in the Premier League,

they score goals for fun and they do

1:27:341:27:39

not concede either.

No, they are an

outstanding team and they are ranked

1:27:391:27:43

where they are in the world because

of the quality players they have got

1:27:431:27:46

and Roberto has done a fantastic

job. That is a top-quality

1:27:461:27:50

opposition.

Rate going to prepare

for. Do you now plot on and think,

1:27:501:27:57

we could have Poland or Colombia, do

you do that?

You have to focus on

1:27:571:28:01

the first game and go from there.

The objective is to qualify from the

1:28:011:28:05

group, you are never sure how many

points you need for that. And there

1:28:051:28:09

will be ups and downs along the way,

I am sure, so we have to be prepared

1:28:091:28:13

for those things.

Pele was here,

they were all here, Maradona, Gary

1:28:131:28:19

on stage, I said, this is the day

when people get out of their wall

1:28:191:28:23

charts. Do you still have that

little boy in new on a World Cup

1:28:231:28:27

occasion, due still feel that

excitement you had as a kid?

Through

1:28:271:28:31

the qualifying campaign, it you do

not necessarily think about days

1:28:311:28:34

like today where that hits home.

That is the beauty of the World Cup.

1:28:341:28:39

You watch the previous finals, the

big games, the big players and it

1:28:391:28:43

does take you back to that Bjorn is

of football. That is what something

1:28:431:28:47

like today is about, the country

knows what is coming and they can

1:28:471:28:51

get excited, we can start preparing

and that is why it is so fantastic

1:28:511:28:56

to be involved again.

A long time

since you stood on the pitch in

1:28:561:28:59

Villa Park and you organise that

penalty shoot out before the

1:28:591:29:04

semifinal for the youth team

players.

For me personally, it has

1:29:041:29:07

been an incredible journey to play

in a World Cup was an incredible

1:29:071:29:11

honour, and to lead my country as a

manager is beyond that.

So really

1:29:111:29:15

looking forward to being able to do

it. Good luck, Gareth, thank you

1:29:151:29:18

very much.

Gareth Southgate live with Jonathan

1:29:181:29:23

Pearce. His tournament experience we

have already mentioned, it will be

1:29:231:29:27

vitally important to the younger

players.

Hugely important. That is

1:29:271:29:34

one of the big advantages he has

asked a manager, he has been in, he

1:29:341:29:39

has been away for six weeks, he

knows what it is like, he knows what

1:29:391:29:43

is required, he knows what makes a

player tick and what a player

1:29:431:29:48

doesn't want and that will be a big

advantage to him.

Let's bring in

1:29:481:29:54

another point of view.

1:29:541:29:55

The former England winger

Chris Waddle joins us

1:29:551:29:57

from the BBC Sport Centre.

1:29:571:29:58

Do you look at that group and sense

a rant in seven months' time?

No, it

1:29:581:30:05

could be a rant! I expect England to

be if not first, second, Belgium is

1:30:051:30:11

a great team. Great players we know

a lot about. But in tournaments

1:30:111:30:15

where they are expected to go on and

get to the semifinals minimum, they

1:30:151:30:20

have not done it, this is their

tournament now and if they want to

1:30:201:30:24

stamp themselves around the world

and say we are a class outfit, they

1:30:241:30:27

have got the players, but they will

be under pressure as well. Panama

1:30:271:30:30

and Tunisia, unknown quantities.

Very, very eatable.

1:30:301:30:41

Belgium must bring back special

memories?

Got the goal. Got the

1:30:411:30:45

country going after that result. I

think they are a better side than we

1:30:451:30:49

played them, put it that I with a.

Listen, we have nothing to lose,

1:30:491:30:52

again. Let's hope we can go there,

relax and play.

It got everybody

1:30:521:30:57

going. You weren't going - the Group

stages in 1990 were dire.

Every team

1:30:571:31:06

thought the same. A funny Group, we

had Egypt and Ireland and Holland.

1:31:061:31:12

We got through. It I've said, the

hardest part of the tournament was

1:31:121:31:16

getting out of the Group. Nobody

wants to lose or put a point on the

1:31:161:31:20

board. Don't get beat first game. It

becomes tactical. Teams get nervous

1:31:201:31:26

and scared at times. It's trying to

settle them down. No disrespect to

1:31:261:31:31

Panama, we had Egypt, we won 1-0, a

set-piece Mark Wright scored. No

1:31:311:31:37

easy games. If you are going to do

well in a tournament you have to

1:31:371:31:41

beat them two.

Is there a Group that

excites you the most having looked

1:31:411:31:44

at that draw? Don't know if you have

it in front of you. You might have

1:31:441:31:49

to go off memory.

Argentina who may

not qualify. Going forward, as good

1:31:491:31:54

as anybody in the world. Defensively

absolutely shocking. We want to see

1:31:541:32:00

Messi in the tournament as much as

possible. The way they shaped up, I

1:32:001:32:03

think Croatia will win that Group.

They might miss out. I'm not sure if

1:32:031:32:09

Argentina will get through.

Chris,

thank you very much. Chris Waddle in

1:32:091:32:14

the BBC Sport Centre. Will we get

more reaction from Moscow? We can do

1:32:141:32:21

that no now. Here is the Belgium

manager. Roberto Martinez. What a

1:32:211:32:32

draw that is for you having left

English shores and meeting in the

1:32:321:32:38

crunch game?

It is. Element, as they

say, football is a way of living and

1:32:381:32:43

I live almost 21 years in the

British game and in England, so it's

1:32:431:32:51

a very special draw, but, as we

know, it's the World Cup, it's about

1:32:511:32:55

preparation now. We've got a

challenging draw for England and

1:32:551:32:59

Panama. It's a challenging groupses

in terms of travelling. The most

1:32:591:33:03

demanding Group in terms of the

travelling arrangements. I think we

1:33:031:33:07

are looking forward to what we are

going to find.

You are a country in

1:33:071:33:11

unbelievable form. Record unbeaten

run you are on at the moment. What

1:33:111:33:16

is that down to, we know individual

talent, what have you done to give

1:33:161:33:19

them that durability?

I think it's

fair to say we've got a real

1:33:191:33:23

competitive Group. Our players they

are in a good moment of their

1:33:231:33:28

careers, as you know, probably 25

players of Belgium football are now

1:33:281:33:33

in the British game. We are very

well-known names for the British

1:33:331:33:37

public. Players with important roles

in important teams and players that

1:33:371:33:41

really enjoy coming together and

representing their country. I think

1:33:411:33:46

it's a clear basis of enjoying what

you do. They are great ambassadors

1:33:461:33:51

for Belgium football. We are are

looking forward to the preparation

1:33:511:33:54

now which is key before we start the

World Cup.

Good luck with it.

1:33:541:33:58

Roberto Martinez with Jonathan

Pearce. Are you excited, Portugal

1:33:581:34:02

and Spain?

Very excited. I can't

wait for the first game. First I

1:34:021:34:07

need to get fit and get selected.

What a carrot that is?

It's amazing.

1:34:071:34:13

You couldn't hope for a better game.

A tougher game against big rivals.

1:34:131:34:22

Let's be up for it.

Who will win it?

I will tell you definitely on July

1:34:221:34:27

15th!

Ah! You have ten seconds.

The

World Cup is nated Nation United

1:34:271:34:42

Nations for the common man.

Who win

it?

France.

Not a bad draw for

1:34:421:34:47

England?

Not bad at all.

Thank you

very much for joining us. Six months

1:34:471:34:52

then until the World Cup starts, and

it's live on the BBC. We will see

1:34:521:34:55

you in Russia. Bye bye.

1:34:551:34:59

It's FA Cup round two,

1:35:041:35:06

Live coverage of the World Cup draw from the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia.

England manager Gareth Southgate will be hoping for a more favourable draw than Roy Hodgson received in 2014. The Three Lions ended up in Group D with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica and subsequently failed to qualify for the knockout stage.


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