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Take your seats for the ultimate
After 88 years and 20
tournaments, the 2018
World Cup is going to Russia.
Today, we'll find out who meets
who at next summer's tournament.
The draw is taking place
in the Kremlin Palace, in Moscow.
Joachim Low is there,
the coach of the reigning champions.
Brazil are again
among the favourites
and their manager is Tite.
Good to see Peter Schmeichel helping
guests off the buses as they arrive!
We will be live in the Kremlin for
the draw in 15 minutes' time.
Here in the studio is former England
captain, Alan Shearer,
the South American football
expert, Tim Vickery.
This is the most exciting bit from
England's point of view, waiting to
see who you will play?
Don't be so
negative. No problem getting to
World Cups and European
Championships the problem is when we
are there. It shouldn't be hard to
improve on our last tournament,
should it? Whether it was 18 months
ago or two years before that. We've
been dreadful in the tournament. So
that's what I'm looking forward to,
is some improvement.
expectations help us?
hasn't in the past because I don't
think there were high expectations
in France 18 months ago from a lot
of England fans. The performances
disappointed us hugely then. We have
to show progress and show
improvement. That should not be
difficult after our last few
We will go through the
Pots Tim, Who is best placed among
the South American countries for
this World Cup?
Without a shadow of
a doubt Brazil. They went through a
weak South American contingent in
qualification. The 0-0 against
England gave them the power of good.
Brought them to earth. It reenhe
forced the challenge is against the
western Europeans. Five of the six
finalists in the last World Cups
have been from western Europe.
Brazil, if they want to win the
World Cup, they will have to beat
the likes of France, Spain and
Germany. They think they have a real
chance. It's the most attractive
Brazil side that I remember, I can
remember for years. Passing the ball
better than Brazil sides have done
for years. They are capable, win or
lose, in eight months time,
whatever, they are capable of
reminding us of why we fell in love
with Brazil in the first place.
Argentina should be attractive, have
had a mixed bag in qualifying?
will be fascinating. They had
problems qualifying. When you are a
big team under that kind of
pressure, it can seem as if you are
running through trecle. They were
dependent on Messi. We are seeing a
side that is passing the ball better
and looking better collectively.
There are serious struckal problems
in the defence. No surprise that
they collapsed against Nigeria in a
friendly. Played in Russia recently.
They lost 4-2. Argentina will be
fascinating with Messi in one
penalty but disappointing in the
The draw is slightly
different to how you may remember it
from four years ago.
All the pots decided on world
rankings instead of continents.
England aren't amongst
the seeded countries,
so they could face the hosts Russia,
Belgium or Poland.
But also amongst the seeds
are the European champions Portugal,
and some of the giants
of World Cup history.
COMMENTATOR: Pele. On the right. And
he scores! Brazil win it.
France have scored
first in the World Cup can Final.
France are the 1998
Oh, my word. Have you
ever seen anything like that?
A victory and a trophy, so precious.
Here's Maradona, again.
He won't need any of them. You have
to say that's magnificent.
world's greatest player receives the
world's most important football
West Germany. Is that
the goal that wins the World Cup?
He's scored for Germany.
football, Germany rules the world,
football, Germany rules the world,
again. So here are all the other
. They were decided on world
rankingsing in October by Fifa.
So England are in pot 2,
surprisingly alongside Spain,
who aren't seeded after they dropped
to eighth in the world.
Spain suffer because Russia
are seeded as hosts,
despite being ranked 65th.
England could face Iceland again
at a major tournament.
They're in Pot 3, along
with Denmark, who were so impressive
in beating Ireland in the play-offs.
Costa Rica were quarter-finalists in
2014 after topping England's Group.
Serbia, ranked 37th,
seem to be the team that most people
want to avoid in Pot 4.
Along with Iceland,
Panama are the other team
making their debut in the finals.
But the draw is a bit more
complicated than that,
as Jonathan Pearce explained,
when I spoke to him
outside the Kremlin.
They are trying to keep teams from
the same confederations apart, Mark.
For example, a South American team
can't be put in with another South
American team an African team can't
go with another African team. Can
you have two European countries in
one Group, but no more. It means
that each of the Groups will have
one have European team in, six of
the Groups will have two European
teams in. You have to skip a couple
of Groups in in the draw. In the
dress rehearsal England came out
with Belgium, they skipped a group
and went in with Argentina. They
went in with Panama and Sweden.
Nearly a repeat of 2002.
feeling out there when it comes to
the difficulty of the draw? Are
people looking at teams they might
be drawn with? Are they looking at a
slot in a Group and how many miles
that would mean travel wise?
spoke to the FA about this. Because
they will be based near St
Petersburg, controversial choice, I
think the base will be done up by
the time they get there. They don't
think they will have more than a two
or three hour flight. They are OK.
The worse case scenario may be
Germany who haven't failed to clear
a Group since 1938. If England get
Germany or France, who have a strong
squad, they can't get Denmark or
Sweden from Pot 3. England's most
difficult Group may well be the
enemy Argentina. They struggled in
call qualifying and dependent on
Messi for goals. That would always
be a difficult one, for me. That
would put them in with Denmark or
Sweden. We find them tricky, Sweden
in World Cup finals. Two draws in
two. From Pot 4 I think England
would find Nigeria... I think anyone
would find Nigeria hard. That would
be a difficult Group that one.
Jonathan Pearce talking to me
earlier. This is the scene inside
the Kremlin Theatre at the moment.
If you're not aware,
Gary Lineker has the title
of "Draw Conductor" and he'll be
joined by the likes of
Diego Maradona and Gordon
Banks on stage shortly.
If you want to see the entertainment
Fifa are providing in the build-up,
Poland, I'm correct in saying, have
had one friendly.
In 12 months.
12 months. That was their aim. Tim
informed us one wise guy went to see
Romanian math that 'tis.
this is the stra gill and what they
should be doing in order to be in
that Pot 1.
It's very good attention
to detail, is the other way to look
Isn't it just. The World Cup
Draw, we are anxious for the who.
It's the who, who. We are like owls
going - who, who, who. It's more to
do with the where. It's not just
where your games are, it's where
your base camp is. You have to go
back to that base camp at the end of
every game. These logistical
decisions are very, very important.
Part of the draw is that some
countries will travel much more than
It's about high Absolutely.
Hopes and logistics.
their base just outside St
Petersburg. This is where the games
will take place and the various time
zones they could be playing in. A
couple of hours difference from
Moscow the further east you go. If
you look at where they might be in
the draw, Alan. We are getting geeky
here. If we talk about planning. The
most favourable distance wise would
be to come out in Group B3. If they
are C3 it's 6,000 miles.
think it make as big difference?
They aren't travelling in cattle
class or in a car. They travel in
the best jets and the best coaches
etc, etc. I'm not sure it makes that
huge a difference. I know you
disagree with that.
You have much
more experience of travelling in
executive travel than I do! It makes
You should do Match of
the Day 2 with me.
I have turned up
cattle class from Rio from Lisbon!
The example I would give is Italy.
In the last World Cup. We have a
World Cup in a country the size of a
continent, as it was with Brazil
three-and-a-half, four years ago and
Russia this time. Italy based
themselves a couple of hours down
the coast from Rio. It was a strange
decision because it wasn't
particularly handy for any airports.
The draw gave them three games right
at the other end of the country.
They got to fly up there and fly
back. They spent more time in the
aeroplane. You saw what happened to
Italy in that World Cup.
Do you not
just think they weren't a good team
Unfortunately they were
good enough to beat England.
don't think it will make that much
difference. It's not just the travel
or the style or mode of transport
you go. In this day and age we are
told about times on the train and
getting your ideas across and were
managers moan about Champions League
They have the best travel,
best fitness guys, the best of
everything. I'm not a great believer
it makes that much difference.
we asked you to look at what
wouldn't work for you as a group,
you haven't gone for travel,
obviously. Why have you picked this
as not a very good Group
work for two years to get to a World
Cup. Now me, personally, as a
player, all the players will be
watching the draw this afternoon
wherever they are, they will be
looking - if that draw as an England
player was to come up. I would be
disappointed. Working two years to
get to the biggest tournament in the
world and you end up with that. Over
the years we've looked at Groups and
tried to suss out whether it's
positive, good Group or a Group of
death or a favourable Group. Forget
that. England go into tournaments.
Their last defeat in a qualifying
game was in 2009. It was 39 games
ago. We go into the tournament in
good form, having beaten everyone
around in the qualifying games and
we have disappointed. I think, if
you get a big hitter in the Group
you can look forward to that and I
think traditionally historical
England play better against better
teams. We saw the Group in 2010 when
everyone was thinking - what an easy
group. USA, Slovenia, algear yachl
we were hopeless in them. Not -
want something to focus the mind a
Absolutely. I think we go in
against the better teams we can
focus. We can be determined. I think
we will be at our best then. I don't
expect us to go to World Cup.
When that draw came out, we were a
You play in a World Cup so you
cannot say you are disappointed with
that, you go and you give your best.
That was not a good group. But I
think with this set of players and
what has gone on in the pass, if we
get a big hitter, that can get us up
And for Panama, you
have to do a heck of a lot of
For England, this World Cup is a
chance to banish some of the painful
memories of the last few years.
Slap bang in the centre of Africa,
in word's fourth game of a possible
seven, let's hope this is the bank
in the middle of their World Cup
For the first minute, they
That has given
Germany the lead. That is two!
England are in trouble. And he has
smashed it home.
Muller has sealed
it. Every aspect of our performance
He is going to get there!
Luis Suarez has slotted it in!
England have lost concentration,
they lost Luis Suarez.
A dock ways
for England once again in 2014, they
go home without a win to their name.
We were hopeless from start to
Gareth Southgate is waiting
for the draw to get under way in the
Kremlin and earlier, he spoke to
We recognise we are one of only
31 countries to qualify so it is an
exciting moment for everybody and it
will be nice to know not only who
are we are going to play, but where
and when so we can plan our
Have you decided where you
want to be based?
Yes, we are based
in Repino. We have looked at what is
best for the hotel, and the travel
and the climate and any venue, he
never get everything you would like.
But we feel that was the best option
for us. The travel is the longest
flight is three hours and we do that
any bus journey from Saint George's
to London for Wembley games so that
is neither here nor there.
realistically can England go in
That is the question we're
asking ourselves. We have a side of
high potential. We are excited by
our young players in the senior team
and those who have proved themselves
at European and world level this
year. We liked a little experience
of those big matches and we do not
have many big players who have won
major trophies but the future is
very exciting and it is a great
challenge for this group to see how
far they can go. We cannot go to a
World Cup and not try and win. Of
course a lot of these players, they
will peak in May be four years'
time, but we cannot write off the
tournament. Nobody in England would
If I offered you a
quarterfinal of the World Cup next
summer now, would you take that?
now, no, we want in -- we have not
won in knockout match since 2006 and
the last two tournament had been a
disappointment so we have to
remember where we are starting from
this group of young players, but
they obviously ambitious. Everything
is ahead of them. And it is not for
me to put a limit on their
He is stand if he does
and he is dammed if he doesn't with
those questions. Whatever he says,
however he responds, going for a
quarterfinal or can you win it? It
can be twisted one way or another.
There is no point entering a
tournament if you do not believe you
can win it and that is what he will
be saying to his players. Look what
happened to Portugal two years ago,
nobody thought they would go to the
Euros and when that. But I think
being realistic, in this country,
England, we do not expect England to
go because of how poor they have
been in recent tournaments, we do
not expect them from being terrible
to suddenly be world beaters, but we
do expect improvement.
how the goalless draw between
Purcell and England was good for
Brazil and temporary expectations.
What was the feeling in Brazil about
the England performance?
shocked by how defensive that was
but I thought that was fascinating
because it could have been a
second-round game in the World Cup
and it is 0-0 to the opposition and
the longer it goes on, the better it
is. The coach was impressed by what
he saw. But there is a key moment in
the perception of the England team
here and abroad, which is the World
Cup in South Africa in 2010. It
seemed they had everything in favour
of them, cold weather, a coach,
Fabio Cannavaro, but still very poor
indeed. I would like to ask all in
this, now England have given
attention to the World Cup at youth
level, winning the under 17 and
under 20 World Cup, that generation
have tournament experience. Today's
generation and previous generations
do not grow up with tournament
experience, especially in a context
where the England players do not
play abroad, so they are not used
being away from home for any length
of time, how much of that has had an
impact on the poor performances in
Yes, I think so,
all of a sudden, you away for five,
six weeks. You train and you weep,
you go to bed. You train, you be, be
go to bed. You watch videos, you
have your chats with whoever it is,
the manager, the coaches. So it is
very different to what you are used
to. So it is of huge benefit, when
people talk about having experience
of tournament football, yes, it is
about being away from home and
learning what to do. The coaching,
and just how you react with that.
And that is definitely part of it.
He has already started to do it,
dipping into that U21 and under 20
squad. You would advocate that even
more, going forward?
To use those
with tournament experience. I think
you have two because it is an
incentive for the guys to do well.
If they are doing well and winning
tournaments and not getting a taste
of the first team with England, the
guys would think, there is something
not right here, that is why you have
got those teams. It is a huge step
up from U21, and 20, because I
remember the U21 team I played in
that won the Toulon tournament and
out of a squad of 21, 22 players,
there was only two, myself and David
James, that went on to play in the
first team with England. So plain
youth level, U21, and 20, there is
so much that can go right or wrong,
it is a huge difference.
seen other countries by Paris club
football and rely on people with
good tournament experience at youth
level and bring them into seniors.
Uruguay did that.
That is how they
punch above their weight, they have
a population of just under three
million and it cannot hang onto its
best players so what is your
criteria for selection? You are
players in Mexico, Turkey, Spain,
all over the place. So Uruguay do
this right from the start, they use
the youth team to identify players
they think would be good enough to
play in globalised football and they
give them a crash course in the
identity, the importance of the
shirt. And if they do well at under
20 level, they pitch them straight
in. In the last couple of months,
the Uruguay team has totally changed
its characteristics. They had play
for a number of years, everybody
behind the ball and Doctor Soares.
They have put in two under 20
players from this year's World Cup,
and suddenly, you see a Uruguay
midfield that can hold possession
and that can orchestrate and that is
because they have given
responsibility to people they have
groomed all the way up. It was a bit
perhaps like England have started
doing with Gomes. Man of the Match
for England against Brazil. He was
not there based on his Liverpool
form, it was his form during the
England youth system. That is a
Uruguay have been doing for years.
And if they play more at
international youth level and not as
much for their clubs, we do not need
the discussion about the winter
break because they would not be
tired. They might have been flogged
every week in the Premier League.
is difficult for the manager to put
a guy in who has been doing well in
the youth team but not really in the
first team. That is where part of
the problem is, getting these
players from the youth level into
their first teams. History will tell
as the likes of Manchester City or
Chelsea will go out and they will
We are moments away. In
Brazil and Argentina, they worried
about who they draw or is the
expectation... Is the expectation,
we expect to beat them all?
course they are worried. What they
really want is logistics and Brazil
want Group B.
Group B is definitely
the most favourable group regarding
travel. A couple of slots in that
group and you will not be travelling
less than 3,000 miles. As you can
see, they are getting ready to bring
out the various dignitaries in the
Kremlin. Let's go live to Moscow.
There is Gordon Banks. Good
afternoon to Jonathan Pearce. Gordon
Banks takes to the stage here in the
Kremlin. So much history, and he
provided us with some of our great
historic moments, Gordon Banks, in
1966. And how about this man? Nikita
Simonyan has an 81, first Vice
President of the Russian football
federation, he scored against
England in the World Cup in 1958.
Martinez, manager of Belgium,
looking on. Helpers for the draw,
they will take the balls out of the
globes. This is Diego Forlan,
representing Uruguay, the winners
twice. Winner of the Golden Ball in
2010. The very soul of Argentina in
1986. The one and only Diego Forlan
-- Diego Maradona. With a lady that
looks like she has come from Narnia!
That is Gareth Southgate looking on.
The greatest player ever, arguably,
do you remember him for the second
goal against England? And failing
the drugs test and being sent home
in the World Cup in 1984. How about
this man? Laurent Blanc, winner in
1998, scored the first ever Golden
Goal in World Cup finals, against
Paraguay, he missed the final. This
man never stops smiling, and why
not? World Cup winner in 1994 and
2002, the only man to play three
consecutive World Cups. Didier
Deschamps looking on, manager of
France. Carles Puyol as the next man
World Cup winner in 2010 and he was
told at the 19 by Louis Van Gaal to
get his hair cut. Your beastly
refused! -- he obviously refused.
This is one of my heroes at what a
player he was, World Cup winner of
the year in 26 /2006 after
captaining Italy to victory. They
named him the Berlin Wall. I met him
on a beach in Brazil and I asked him
boys autograph, I have never done
that before. Now we need the host.
We will carry on in a minute. It
will be Gary and with him will be
the Russian journalist Maria
Komandnaya. This is Gary. He did
really well in rehearsal all week,
he has been working really hard
Good evening, Gary.
Asking Maria a
question now. If she is about to
help make the draw. A very key
moment, obviously. A great deal of
responsibility. Are you ready? Yes,
I am ready! It is a great honour for
me to be on the stage with Gary, she
says, a momentous occasion. Followed
by fans all around the world.
you were the top scorer at the 1996
World Cup, how does that compare to
conducting the final draw?
it will be very different, football
came naturally. I think I prefer to
take a penalty in the World Cup
final and organise this straw! But I
will do my best.
ready to begin, Gary, over to you.
Right, let's take a look at how the
draw is going to work. We have 32
teams and they have been divided
into four pots, each containing
eight teams. The allocation teams
and pots is based solely on the Fifa
Coca-Cola world ranking from October
2017, with the highest ranked teams
and host Russia in Pot 1 and the
lowest ranked teams in Pot 4. Let's
take a look at the pots. Pot 1
contains Russia, Germany, Brazil,
Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland
and France. Pot 2, Spain, Peru,
Switzerland, England, Colombia,
Mexico, Uruguay and Croatia. Pot 3,
Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica,
Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and
Islamic Republic of Iran.
We will draw the Pots one at a time,
starting with Pot 1 and ending with
Pot 4. They will populate the groups
alphabetically. The teams in Pot 1
will occupy the first position in
each group. So A1, B1 and C1, and so
on. Those are the red balls you see
in each of the Groups to my right.
The teams in Pot 2, 3 and 4 will be
placed in one of the other three
positions in the Group were they are
drawn. Those positions are drawn
randomly from the three white balls
that you can see in each Group pot.
The one constraint to keep in mind
is that no two teams from the same
qualifying zone can be drawn in the
same Group. The exemptions of course
are the European teams as there are
14 of them. All Groups will have a
minimum of one and a maximum of two
European teams. That's why you might
see us skipping through the Groups
to make sure that no two teams from
the same region are drawn in the
same Group. Nice and simple! OK
then, explanation is over. Let's get
going with the draw. Maria.
She will start things going. The
first team out, we know that A1 will
Interesting that Diego Maradona has
England's future in his hands!
Russia. We are so happy to welcome
you here for our first World Cup in
There's the coach. Russia
will occupy the place of A1. Gordan,
if you want to take out the red ball
to confirm that for us, please. The
first host winners since France in
98. Won three of their last nine
games Russia, never got out of the
Group as Russia in three attempts.
We know they will be playing their
first game in Moscow.
There we go,
Russia of course will go into the
position in A1.
Kick-off in Luzhniki. In your hands,
she is saying, you hold the fate of
entire nations. Portugal.
champions led by the Fifa Best
Player of the Year, Cristiano
They will go in the
position of B1. Take the red ball
from B, please, Gordon.
emulate the champions of 2008
Germany. Spain went on to win the
World Cup having won the European
There you have it.
B1 for Portugal.
They will kick-off
in Sochi. Down south. Seaside
The next team drawn will
France. The 1998 World
France will go into Group
3. Diego, can you come forward and
take the red ball.
They have reached
the last two European based World
They will kick-off east of miles. A
city that is 1,000 years old. Centre
in world for 2 for tanks and planes.
It was hit by bombardments.
Argentina. Two time World
Cup champions led by superstar,
Le he scored the
hat-trick in the last game that got
Argentina through against Ecuador.
That would be Group D. The red ball.
That coach is not to be messed with.
They have not failed to clear the
Group stage in 48 years.
Kick-off in Moscow.
He looks remarkably well, 91 years
Brazil. Five time World
Champions. The most successful team
in football history.
One of the
favourites and with the most
expensive in the world, Neymar. Can
you take out the red ball from E
They have reached the last
eight in 11 of the last 12 World
E1 for Brazil.
We have only three
games left in Pot 1, erm Germany,
Belgium and Poland.
Rostov, will Brazil. No South
American team can now be drawn in
reigning World Cup and confederation
Group F, red ball,
Is hoping to retain the
trophy, as Brazil did in 58 and 62.
They kick-off in the Luzhniki
Stadium. Belgium, many people's dark
Belgium. They were
undefeated during qualification.
Scored 43 goals.
One of the form
sides in the tournament. Can you go
to Group G and take the red ball.
The longest unbeaten run ever
Belgium. 15 games unbeaten.
Poland with the super scorer who
netted 16 goals during the
They will go into
Group H, once again, Carlos.
will be H1. They haven't been out of
a Group since 1980. Their eighth
appearance. Won't being drawn in
with Poland. A good record against
Pot 2 now. Now.
Europe guy. Winners of the first
They won the World Cup in
1950 and they will
In the host
nations Group to find out
whereabouts, please, Gordon. If you
would take from A. If it's A2, this
is the opening game.
Safe pair of
Oh, yes, indeed. He looks
great, doesn't he?
Used to be!
Their last game will be played
between Russia and Uruguay.
will kick-off their game, their
World Cup, in Ekaterinburg, the
furthest east venue.
Champions in 2010.
It's already a
Which position in the Group will
they be? Gordon, Group B, please.
Lost eight games in their last 40.
They are unbeaten under their coach.
What an opener it will be if it's
The opening game in Group B
will be Portugal versus Spain. What
Friday night that is at 7.00pm. Peak
Peru, they return to the
World Cup for the first time in 36
They will go into Group C.
Can you take one of the balls from C
to determine their position.
were given a game 3-0 against
Bolivia, they got through by beating
New Zealand in the Intercontinental
C3 for Peru.
their World Cup in Saransk. Now, has
he pulled out England?
finished third at the Fifa World Cup
in France in 1998.
Diego played out
Croatia to play against his
Argentina. Diego has always been
good with his hands! We go to Group
D, please, Diego.
goals in qualifying, Croatia. Not
been beyond the Group stages since
they finished third in 98. The coach
has had just three games in charge.
D3 for Croatia, in the same Group as
They play in Kalinigr a d
their opening game. The part of
Russia between Poland and Lithuania
on the Baltic Sea. Hotly disputed
Switzerland. They played two
tough matches against Northern
Ireland in the play-offs.
Group as Brazil. Group E please.
Help with the decision against
Northern Ireland, let's be honest.
Could be England v Germany, you
E2 for Switzerland. Their
first game will be against Brazil.
17th June. Will Maradona pull
England out with Germany or will we
go withle Belgium or Poland?
They were here in Russia this year
and reached the semis at the
They go into
Group F with Germany.
appearance Mexico. They've been out
of the Group in the last six World
F2 for Mexico. An opening
fixture with Germany.
June. Is this England? In with
Belgium. The golden generation of
Belgium. Managed biro Bert owe
Martinez. It is.
The Three Lions
your home nation, Gary.
will be in with Belgium, a team we
played in the World Cup before, I
remember, 1990. Can you go from
Group G pot, please.
England in with
Final Group will be Belgium versus
Diego, let's check it out.
That will be in Volgograd. Belgium
have only failed to clear the Group
stage once in the last six finals,
by the way. Colombia go in with
Tell us in which position
Colombia will feature in Group H,
Colombia squeezed through in
H3 for Colombia. That's
the first two pots done with. We now
move to pot 3. We have in that pot
Denmark, Iceland, cost Costa Rica,
Sweden, Islamic Republic of require
England's opening game will be
on Monday 18th June in Volgograd.
Egyptian, the first ever African
team to qualify for the World Cup in
Never won a World Cup
match. They are in with Russia and
Uruguay. Just the opening game. If
it's A2, it certainly is.
Egypt, their first game will be
Dependent on 20
macro, of Liverpool, winning all
seven of their eight qualifying
goals for Egypt.
Denmark, they have
already appeared at the World Cup
finals four times.
Denmark cannot go
into Group B because we already have
two European nation so we skipped a
group and we go to C and Denmark go
into Group C and you can find out
the position, please, Diego?
were the last European qualifiers.
They did well, unbeaten in 11,
France versus Denmark.
Going back to B.
Islamic Republic of
Iran, participated at the World Cup
Now we go back
alphabetically, Group B, Islamic
Republic of Iran, Group B.
game at World Cup finals, against
the USA in Bordeaux in 1998. They
have not been -- beating a European
side since beating Russia in 2011.
B4, Islamic Republic of Iran.
tough draw for them. In St
Petersburg, 250-1 shot, ranked 32nd
in the world. 12 successive clean
sheets in qualifying.
should start practising Viking wave
before next summer, including as!
Not now! Not now, probably not the
moment, Iceland have more volcanoes
than they do professional football
players, remarkable to make it to
this first World Cup, good luck to
them, in Group D. Let's find out the
possession -- the position from
ever in a World Cup finals, 330,000.
In the last three games to qualify.
D2, what about that for an opening
game for Iceland against Argentina!
In Moscow, in the Spartak Stadium.
Costa Rica. Costa Rica,
quarterfinalist at the last World
Cup in Brazil in 2014.
involved in the group of death and
they were the surprise winners of
that group, I recall. They go into
Group B, Laurent, please.
so well four years ago, Uruguay,
Italy, Greece, a draw with England,
fourth appearance in six World Cups,
for Costa Rica.
Be three, Costa
Rica. We have only three teams last
in Pot 3, what team is next wished
Mark we cannot get Sweden because of
two European teams in Group G
It looks like Tunisia or
defeated four-time champions Italy
in the play-offs.
They go into group
alongside Germany and Mexico.
Laurent, Group F please.
appearance in 12 years, for Sweden,
they did well to beat Italy in the
play-offs and Portugal and France.
They do not travel well.
imposition F3. -- in position.
lost in qualifying in France and
Bulgaria, it is a tough group.
They will be in with
England as they were in France in
1998. What a game it was down in
Marseille! Alan Shearer and Paul
England's opening game again.
They played their first
game against England. That is in
Volgograd on June the 18th, a Friday
night at seven p:m..
went on to the quarterfinals in
their first World Cup in 2002.
they go to Group H with Poland and
Colombia. Carles, please.
Senegal, opening game against
Poland. And that concludes all our
Watch out for them, they are
the dock courses.
A bit more and Tunisia, only won one
game in the final a long time ago.
Beating Russia not beating a
European team since May 2,000 six.
Saudi Arabia can now boast about
their fifth World Cup in football
Not only that, Saudi Arabia
will be playing against Russia in
the opening game of the 2018 Fifa
World Cup year in Russia, what about
that, in Moscow? Save the day. And
if you could confirm that position,
Last win in the
World Cup was in June 1994 against
Belgium, it was some goal, can you
remember that? They have appointed a
new coach this week.
The first group completed.
He used to be the Chile manager.
is great to have an Italian involved
in a World Cup!
defeated only once on the road to
This is where we have the
skip some groups, the first time we
have got a little bit of
complication because we have
European teams in both Group B,
Group C and Group D, two in each, so
we have to go to Group E. So I will
ask Laurent to take out the final
ball from Group B, please. -- Group
E. E four, for Serbia, that group
involves Brazil, Switzerland, Costa
Rica and Serbia.
Their last game is
going to be against Brazil, up
against Costa Rica. Serbia. A strong
team, two defeats in their last 14,
they do not concede goals.
Moroccans were absent for 20 years
and now they are back to the World
Yes, they did not concede a
single goal in qualification. We now
go back alphabetically to Group B
where Morocco fit, they will be with
Portugal, Spain and Iran. Gordon,
take your final ball, please.
by a wily old Fox, his fourth
African nations, winners of the
World Cup from the Ivory Coast by
four points, in the final for the
first time since 1998.
B three. B
three, Morocco, their first game is
against Islamic Republic of Iran.
St Petersburg on the 15th. England
opener against Tunisia in Volgograd.
Rounded things off against Belgium
in Kalingrad, seven p:m., that is
They had been in the
play-offs against Serie A and
Can you confirm the group
The first game for
France, Australia. In Kazan.
have France, Peru and Denmark.
Let's do the honours,
Panama still in
there, first World Cup finals,
Nigeria. Out they come.
Nigeria go into Group
D. Take your final ball, please,
That will be five Nigeria and
Argentina games in six World Cup
appearances for Nigeria.
Panama or Korean Republic, what team
will be next?
The last game for
Nigeria is in St Petersburg against
Argentina on June 20 six. Good
groups building up here. Who will
England get as the last team.
Looking forward to seeing them play
in the first World Cup in history.
Good luck to Panama, they go into
Group F because Mexico from the
federation so we skip ahead to one
group, Group G, please, Carles.
There you are! England with Belgium,
Tunisia and Panama.
first-ever World Cup game will be
against Belgium, also in that group,
Tunisia and England.
Ranked 56 in
the world now, Panama. Runners-up in
the USA in 2013. They failed and ten
previous qualifying attempts.
Republic semifinalists in 2002 at
And back in alphabetical order
to Group F, Laurent, please.
Republic of South Korea, ninth World
Cup finals in a row. They went out
in the group stage in seven of their
nine. With Sweden, Mexico and
Germany. A tough last game for them
against Germany. The last group is
Senegal, Colombia and Japan, and
Japan, their sixth
consecutive World Cup finals.
England play Tunisia in Volgograd on
the 18th, that is a Sunday, and they
play Panama in Nizhny Novgorod
whether used to make submarines!
Whisper it quietly. And they end up
with Belgium in Kalingrad.
That ends the draw for the fever
World Cup in Russia. Before we move
on, let's remind ourselves of the
groups again, starting with the host
nations group, Group A, Russia, and
opening game against Saudi Arabia,
also Egypt and Uruguay.
Spain, Morocco and Iran in Group B.
Gary, what group seems to be the
I think there are a lot of
tough groups in the naturally, but
the one that stands out looks to be
Group B with Portugal and Spain,
near neighbours, Rocco, very strong
in qualification and Islamic
Republic of Iran. That looks to be a
difficult group. The opinion of our
star players here today. Diego.
just asked him what he thinks of the
group with Argentina. Diego thinks
it is a feasible challenge. Because
of the type of teams, because
Argentina will have to step up their
game, they were very overreliant on
Messi. He is asking what he thinks
of the Spain and Portugal group,
that should be very important. And
the European champions Portugal, a
difficult game for Spain, a good
Can I thank Mark our
assistants who have done such a
great job and nobody dropped a ball!
Well played, thank you very much
indeed. And to wish your
representatives of the various teams
that will play next summer, we just
want to wish you all the very best,
good luck and thank you.
Well done, Gary. A great draw and I
hope you enjoyed it at home, it
looks like a very good draw for
England and we could play Poland,
Senegal, Colombia or Japan. It is a
decent draw. Back to you, Mark.
Thank you very much. A decent draw,
says Jonathan. We will see the
thoughts of everybody in the studio.
Belgium, Panama and Tunisia. England
will begin in Volgograd and Jimmy
18th against Tunisia. The middle
game will be a week later against
Panama. That will be in Nizhny
Novgorod. And the final in
Kalingrad, England against Belgium.
Belgium are the group seeds and that
is on June 28, the final evening of
group matches. As you can see, Jose
Fonte of West Ham and Portugal has
joined us and we will get his
thoughts in a moment.
I don't want to say it is a good
group or a bad group because I have
heard it so many times over the
years. It brings back memories, that
opening game, Tunisia, back in 1998.
Unbelievable. Seems to
have made a whole World Cup draw
about yourself again, remarkable!
This wasn't a bad goal.
What they do
have, Paul Scholes with his second
one on a hot afternoon in France
when England beat Tunisia. This
Group has Panama, who you said you
didn't want, difficult to get going.
It has the the attraction of
Belgium. Both sets of player will
know each other well?
earlier about the distance in
travel. Physical I read that
correctly, I think it's six days
after our first game. So we have six
days rest after our first game. If
they are worried about travel etc
that shouldn't be an issue.
about Panama, Tim?
First World Cup.
Lovely presence for a group of
players, majority in their mid 30s.
I can't see them doing what Costa
Rica did in Brazil.
Let's not go
If we want to make it about
Alan Shearer, let's do that. Their
coach is steeped in World Cup
experience. Took Ecuador that their
first World Cup. Assistant coach for
Colombia in 90 and 94 and coach of
Coe lombia in 98 when they couldn't
cope with Alan Shearer.
He has done
That is why we book
him. Fascinating group for Portugal.
What are your feelings on that?
Definitely a good Group to watch. As
I was saying to Alan, we have to
play them all. Yeah, very exciting
first game, Morocco is strong. They
first game, Morocco is strong. They
have done well in the qualification
Iran with Portuguese manager will be
interesting as well.
Is it good to
get Spain out of the way first,
which is what you will do. The
fixtures are on the screen. In Sochi
on June 15th scientist
Important game. The first one is
always a tricky one, as Alan can
concur with that. It's always
difficult to go into the first game.
Hopefully, we can present ourselves
in a good way and get a good result
against Spain to give ourselves the
best chance in the other
against Spain to give ourselves the
best chance in the other two games.
What is the Portuguese mentality
towards Spain as fans and players.
You are reigning European Champions.
You are the heavy hitters you are
the seed not the Spanish?
Definitely. Big rivalry. It will be
like a Derby. It will be
fascinating, for sure. Everyone will
be up for it. It's a great game to
play in. We look forward to it.
you set targets as a group for this
World Cup? Do you talk about that or
Obviously, we are the European
champions, we have our ambitions, we
have to take it game by game, like
in the Euros. We are expected to go
through to the Group stages and we
are confident that we can do that,
but we have to keep our feet on the
ground and approach it game by game
like in the Euros.
Belgium, back to Group G, the number
of different attacking weapons at
Roberto Martinez' disposal is
frighten. Hazard, Lukaku, De Bruyne,
they all having excellent seasons.
That will be a very, very Duff game.
They have got some top quality
players in that team.
We have been
saying it for a while I think now.
Certainly the last tournament, they
should go a distance in the
tournament because of the number of
players that they have at their
disposal now. That's a tough game.
It will be one that we will all look
Does it help that so
many of them are applying their
trade in the Premier League? Does
though relationships help or hinder,
do you think, from an England
I don't think it
matters. You do your homework
whether it's Belgium, Panama or
Tunisia. Gareth in between now and
the World Cup will have every bit of
information about every single
player, results, past results, form.
They will have everything available
to them. I don't think that matters.
Let us find out more about Tunisia.
We've been joined by John Bennett
from the BBC World Service who
reported from Africa on the
They were away
to Congo in a crucial game in an
intimidating atmosphere, one of the
most intimidating at moss fierce in
world football. They were 2-0 with
13 minutes to go they got it back to
2-2. A test of character. It ended
up being their most important
result. They have proved their
character in qualifying. They had
good performances in qualifying.
Having said that, Gareth Southgate
should be relatively pleased to have
drawn Tunisia in the Group. For me,
they are the weakest African team at
this World Cup. They do have decent
players, unlike say Egypt or
Senegal, they are a team that lacks
stars. Their biggest star who played
for Sunderland. They have a winger
who is a good player. He plays in
Qatar. He has been linked with
Arsenal in the past. He played in
Qatar. Never fulfilled his
potential. It's a team without
stars. Most of them play in
doestestic football in Tunisia. Out
of their last squad, 15 of their
23-man squad played for just three
teams in the top-flight of Tunisian
football. It's a team that lacks
stars, but a team with a the the of
character and a lot of togetherness
and unity. They will go there and
feel they've nothing to lose. They
will go there feeling they can use
their flare players to cause an
upset. England should be relatively
pleased to have drawn Tunisia.
are not the strongest. Who would you
look out for at the moment. There is
a caveat, a lot can change by the
time we get to June? ?Before the
draw I was thinking from an English
perspective who I would have wanted
to avoid, the two teams I wanted to
avoid in the draw from the English
perspective were Egypt, because of
Mohamed Salah. With him in the team
they are an excellent team. They are
one-dimensional without him. So
their head coach will be hoping and
praying that he doesn't pick up any
injury during the Premier League
season with Liverpool.
Nigeria are a
team to watch as well because they
have star players going forward.
Look out for mock --
Morocco to cause an upset. They are
in their first World Cup since 1998.
They are in a tough group, aren't
they, expect them to possibly cause
an upset because their coach is
Tactically astute. They have nothing
to lose going to Russia.
very much. Let us look at the cities
where England are going to
very much. Let us look at the cities
where England are going to political
their Group matches. The amount of
travelling that England will have to
do. They have come out in G4, you
can see there. Tunisia against
England will be in Volgograd. From
their St Peter'sburg base 960 miles.
Then when they go back to their base
they will then go to Nizhny
Novgorod, that's nearly, just over
50 miles for the game with Panama.
They will have to fly back. Add that
on if you are keeping account of
this. The final one is Kaliningrad
when they take on Belgium. 4,066
miles in total. Does the travelling
matter we had a debate earlier about
whether travelling matters or not
because of the modern player because
because of the modern player because
of the comfort you travel
because of the modern player because
of the comfort you travel in In my
opinion is has an affect if you are
stuck in a plane for a long time and
then on the bus.
airport is not close to where your
base is. You will be in the bus for
two or three hours. Russia is a big
country as well. We expect a lot of
travelling. In fact, it does... It
can affect the physical size of the
recovery, in my opinion.
England play their first game they
have six days to recover from that.
I don't see that being a major issue
with England, no.
2,400 for Portugal
in total. Your base is just outside
Moscow. Have you a game in Moscow as
well. For you as a player, what do
you want from a training camp? Do
you like to be in the thick of
things, do you want to be out of the
way, what do you want?
same as in France. It was fantastic.
We were based in the Rugby National
Centre, the training ground was
fantastic, gym incredible, we had
swimming pool, recovery systems in
place. For us, the most important,
the players is having that at your
Did you have freedom as
well? Whatever happens in this World
Cup we will look for the opposite to
happen when we come round to the
next one, such as the role of the
It's vital. You spend 50
days, if you go all the way to the
end, you spend 50 days together. Our
manager I remember clearly our
manager in France was very good.
Every opportunity we had a day off,
he would allow us to go into Paris.
He would allow us to see our family.
He would give us the freedom to
forget a little bit about the stress
that we were under. It's very
important to have some time for
yourself and to be with your family.
Your manager, it seems like he gives
you the best facilities. It looked
like he's slept in the car. He's
He's always working. He's
always thinking about how we can
If you are always working, Tim,
you can't afford to pamper yourself,
the job first. You sense, don't you,
Gareth will try and give England a
little bit of that freedom if he
A big plus that Gareth has is
that he's played in tournaments. I
think that's a big advantage. He
knows what to expect. He's been
there as a player. I think he
understands what is right, what is
wrong, what a player needs. So he
will take that into the management
side of it, no problem.
Do you think
Brazil will find this World Cup a
relief in many ways because of the
pressure on them at the last World
Cup as the hosts to use a cliche a
football mad country?
There are two
results - winning or disgrace
almost. They will clear up that
stain on the
almost. They will clear up that
stain on the carpet if they win
Looking at their draw. Two
interesting aspects. One, they will
- assuming they qualifying, the
cross over with Germany's Group. Who
they start against. The first game
against Switzerland. For the forward
line, for Neymar that's a evocative
game. Back to the World under-17 Cup
in 2009. Brazil against Switzerland
in 2009. Brazil against Switzerland
is the last Group game Switzerland
win 1-0. Brazil were looking for a
goal. They take Neymar off because
he's so ineffective. Brazil were
eliminated in the Group phase of
that. I honestly think that Neymar's
failure in that tournament, he was
taken off against Mexico that they
also lost, Neymar's failure in that
tournament delayed his arrival in
Europe. It made him realise that
global football is more difficult
than domestic football. That is a
game that I think had an effect on
his career. What a star. At senior
level, he's been on the losing side
in one competitive game. He couldn't
cope with it. At the end he had
attacked the referee. He got a long
suspension. How Neymar reacts to the
pressure is going to be one of the
great stories of the World Cup. It
couldn't be a more evocative start,
him against Switzerland.
struggling with the pressure at the
moment at PSG if you believe some of
the stuff you read
He didn't have a
great game against England.
Fabulously talented player. There
are times they wants to do too much.
Time when his game is about drawing
fouls. The Brazil coach knows that
he's got a difficult player to
handle. A wonderful player. A player
who is not a luxury item.
handle. A wonderful player. A player
who is not a luxury item. Help wants
to train a good player in the group.
There's an element of spoilt child
about imhad. This will be the World
Cup that he plays closest to his
peak probably. The story of Neymar
in this tournament will be
Could you play on a
player's perceived emotional
fragility on the field?
talking about a world-class player,
Neymar is one of the top five, for
sure, in the world. He's getting
experience. He's now at PSG after
being in one of the most clubs under
pressure. The players at Barcelona
are under extreme pressure every
day. I don't think really that
mentally we will take any advantage
of Neymar. He will be ready and up
of Neymar. He will be ready and up
for it. He's going to be tough to
play against him, that's for sure.
There will be certain players who
see the tournament as their defining
career moment which may be, did
Diego Maradona go in in 1986
thinking he needed to win the World
Cup to define him as a player?
don't know. We say about pressure
that we put on our team with
England, the pressure that Neymar
and those guys have to put up with
is at another level when it comes to
what it means to them and that
country. That was fascinating when
we spent time in Brazil to look at
that and to understand that. With
what he has to deal with in his
life, I think you will enjoy this
Switzerland, Costa Rica,
Serbia in the Brazil group at the
2018 World Cup. Alan accuse me of
being negative before the draw. So
take a look at this. This is
England's route to the final. Why
are you sniggering? Make your mind
up! I am too negative or two
We have been here so many
This is based on is
predicting the group stage results
as well. And we have predicted that
England will win the group. Just go
with it, everybody, be positive!
That would be Colombia in the
last... This looks difficult
already! Colombia in the last 16.
Brazil in the quarterfinal, France
in the semifinal and Germany in the
final. But as Jose said, you have
got to beat them.
Well, that is
easy, we are going to the World Cup!
If you are not quite as
confident, we are now going to do it
as if England were runners-up in the
group. And that would then be Poland
in the last 16. Germany in the
quarterfinal, Spain in a semifinal.
I apologise! I apologise, I don't
know who has decided Spain would end
up there! Spain in the semifinal and
Brazil in the final.
That is even
easier, we're definitely going to
win the World Cup!
I suppose England
will be happy, we don't want to get
too far ahead of ourselves, but the
fact the last 16 game, if do get
through, that would be Poland,
Senegal, Colombia, Japan group, can
you see a positive?
Yes, I can see a
positive, but I am sure we sat here
in 2010 with the USA, Slovenia and
Algeria and try to put our way
through the groups as well. I think
Gareth were big quietly pleased with
More details now on the
Mani Djazmi covered the Asian
qualification for the World Service.
The feeling in the studio is England
will be happy to have got Panama.
Absolutely, and I think Panama will
be happy to get England and Belgium.
Although the familiarity has bred
contempt for the England national
team here, broad, England are still
one of the blue ribbon names.
Imagine being Panama in their
first-ever World Cup and they have
England and the stars of Belgium.
This week, their coach Gomes talked
about maintaining dignity so they
are not expecting to go through.
Just hoping to give a good account
of themselves. In the qualifiers,
they had the oldest team of the
teams that had qualified and they
had been gradually progressing in
the last few years. Reaching the
semifinals of three of the last four
goal cups, there are equivalent of
the Euros. But they qualified in
extraordinary fashion. I was going
to go to their final qualifier at
home to Costa Rica, but they lost
their penultimate game 4-0 to the
USA and I thought, USA have to get a
draw in Trinidad, there is no story.
The USA lost and they won with a
goal in the 87th minute after two
years, almost 2.5, of qualifying.
They clinched a qualifying place,
with three minutes to go of their
entire campaign. So they are there
in Russia to have a great time.
other thing in that game, am I right
in thinking their equaliser did not
cross the line?
No, it was a
controversial goal. That does not
mean they did not deserve to be
there, they played 16 games in
qualifying. To get to the World Cup.
Nobody expected it. They did not
even expected either. But just a
point of order in case everybody
thinks Panama could be the whipping
boys. Their coach Gomez was the
coach of Ecuador who he took the
last 16 when they made their World
Cup debut in 20 -- in 2002, so he
knows how to do it, but in that
group, they will be hoping to score
goals, enjoy the games, and not get
Trust me, nobody in the
studio thinks they will be whipping
boys, we are too long in the tooth
for that! We hope to hear from
Gareth Southgate shortly, but these
are ten memorable matches from the
last ten World Cups.
Good play by Gammell, and again! It
A brilliant individual goal! Good
shot! It is turned in, he was there
again! Unbelievable! 3-2, Italy.
Argentina... He has made it 3-2!
Amazing scenes here!
Oh, he has scored! One is sent off,
the other one is scored, amazing!
Yes! It is 2-1, Bulgaria!
The Germans can't believe it! The
holders are out of the World Cup.
Beautifully pulls down by Dennis
Bergkamp! Oh, what a goal! Dennis
Bergkamp wins it for Holland, that
was absolutely brilliant! The cross.
Oh, yes! And he puts career into the
quarterfinals. What a story! He has
scored and Italy are heading to
Berlin! What a goal! What a goal! It
is a red card, it is blocked on the
line, does that mean Ghana have a
penalty with the last click of the
game? Oh, he has missed! I cannot
believe it! Oh, it's seven! Brazil
are being humiliated, Humbolt and is
taken apart by Germany.
The Luis Suarez reaction to that
yellow card still amuses me, me? I
did nothing wrong! Argentina have
Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria. Yet
again. They start with Iceland,
Croatia is the middle and they end
with Nigeria in St Petersburg.
have just played Nigeria and their
defence collapsed against Nigeria in
the second half. They were 2-0 up
and they lost 4-2. What a great
start! Argentina against Iceland,
and Iceland. It will be interesting
to see how brave they will be and
how much they will look to exploit
the defensive weaknesses in that
Argentina side. Argentina getting
out of that group, the crossover is
with the group of France. From that
perspective, Brazil's group crosses
over with Germany, Argentina with
France, I think I am with you from
that perspective on your positivity!
Argentina will have concerns about
Argentina have concerns
about their own team at the moment.
They have a coach who wants to press
aggressively in your half of the
field, he has a midfield that does
not press, a back three who are slow
and who drop very deep and he is
playing wingers as wingbacks and
they have the run 80 metres and
defend at the end of it, so that is
why they collapsed against Nigeria.
At the moment, Argentina have enough
problems sorting out their model of
Portugal were in the same
group as Iceland at the Euros. Did
you find they were a very defensive
Well, I heard everyone saying
we were in an easy group and we
ended up not winning any of the
group stages. So there is no easy
games, as we all know. Iceland,
Croatia, Nigeria will be very, very
tough. This is a fascinating group,
in my opinion, this is a tough
group. We played against Croatia in
the Euros and it was one of the most
difficult games that we had. We won
in the last couple of minutes only,
in extra time. And Nigeria, with the
creative players they have,
Really good group.
Back to Moscow and we can get Gareth
Southgate's reaction to the draw.
He's lively Jonathan Pearce. I will
take Gareth back to Marseille,
France 1998, Tunisia, it was the
opener, it is the Open net game.
That was the first thing that went
through my mind, fantastic day as a
player to play on a brilliant
occasion, incredible atmosphere, the
fans made that day. Nice to relive
that. What sort of a side are they?
We have to find that out now. We
have not done as much research on
the African teams yet, we do not
have to play them until now. Now is
the -- opportunity. It is great to
know where you are playing until you
are playing and now we can focus on
How important is the break, a
sizeable break, six days between
that game and the game against the
new boys, Panama?
Again, there is a
bit of travelling and it gives the
opportunity may be for injuries if
you get them, to clear up. You are
always grateful for as much
preparation as possible for any
It is their first finals,
people already would be writing them
off, people have said Costa Rica
would not do anything four years
We are good at writing teams
off and getting beaten by them! We
have to be prepared for those games.
It is fantastically exciting to be
here for the draw with every other
coach. A great experience. Really
looking forward to getting on with
They're pots tree is very
experienced, he has been there with
two different countries, experience
counts at this level? -- their coach
is very experienced, Hernan Dario
Great mixing with experienced
coaches in terms of the World Cup.
Roberto, who we played in the last
game, is in the same position as me.
It is nice to have a fresh challenge
and looking forward to it.
the final game, all Jim, Kalingrad,
it will be easier for English fans,
not from -- not far from St
Petersburg where you are based.
Travel wise, the way the tournament
is, you have to be adaptable and you
will be on the road, but the
kick-off times are decent as well.
You said you do not know a lot about
Panama or Tunisia but you know
Belgium because you see the players
every week in the Premier League,
they score goals for fun and they do
not concede either.
No, they are an
outstanding team and they are ranked
where they are in the world because
of the quality players they have got
and Roberto has done a fantastic
job. That is a top-quality
Rate going to prepare
for. Do you now plot on and think,
we could have Poland or Colombia, do
you do that?
You have to focus on
the first game and go from there.
The objective is to qualify from the
group, you are never sure how many
points you need for that. And there
will be ups and downs along the way,
I am sure, so we have to be prepared
for those things.
Pele was here,
they were all here, Maradona, Gary
on stage, I said, this is the day
when people get out of their wall
charts. Do you still have that
little boy in new on a World Cup
occasion, due still feel that
excitement you had as a kid?
the qualifying campaign, it you do
not necessarily think about days
like today where that hits home.
That is the beauty of the World Cup.
You watch the previous finals, the
big games, the big players and it
does take you back to that Bjorn is
of football. That is what something
like today is about, the country
knows what is coming and they can
get excited, we can start preparing
and that is why it is so fantastic
to be involved again.
A long time
since you stood on the pitch in
Villa Park and you organise that
penalty shoot out before the
semifinal for the youth team
For me personally, it has
been an incredible journey to play
in a World Cup was an incredible
honour, and to lead my country as a
manager is beyond that.
looking forward to being able to do
it. Good luck, Gareth, thank you
Gareth Southgate live with Jonathan
Pearce. His tournament experience we
have already mentioned, it will be
vitally important to the younger
Hugely important. That is
one of the big advantages he has
asked a manager, he has been in, he
has been away for six weeks, he
knows what it is like, he knows what
is required, he knows what makes a
player tick and what a player
doesn't want and that will be a big
advantage to him.
Let's bring in
another point of view.
The former England winger
Chris Waddle joins us
from the BBC Sport Centre.
Do you look at that group and sense
a rant in seven months' time?
could be a rant! I expect England to
be if not first, second, Belgium is
a great team. Great players we know
a lot about. But in tournaments
where they are expected to go on and
get to the semifinals minimum, they
have not done it, this is their
tournament now and if they want to
stamp themselves around the world
and say we are a class outfit, they
have got the players, but they will
be under pressure as well. Panama
and Tunisia, unknown quantities.
Very, very eatable.
Belgium must bring back special
Got the goal. Got the
country going after that result. I
think they are a better side than we
played them, put it that I with a.
Listen, we have nothing to lose,
again. Let's hope we can go there,
relax and play.
It got everybody
going. You weren't going - the Group
stages in 1990 were dire.
thought the same. A funny Group, we
had Egypt and Ireland and Holland.
We got through. It I've said, the
hardest part of the tournament was
getting out of the Group. Nobody
wants to lose or put a point on the
board. Don't get beat first game. It
becomes tactical. Teams get nervous
and scared at times. It's trying to
settle them down. No disrespect to
Panama, we had Egypt, we won 1-0, a
set-piece Mark Wright scored. No
easy games. If you are going to do
well in a tournament you have to
beat them two.
Is there a Group that
excites you the most having looked
at that draw? Don't know if you have
it in front of you. You might have
to go off memory.
Argentina who may
not qualify. Going forward, as good
as anybody in the world. Defensively
absolutely shocking. We want to see
Messi in the tournament as much as
possible. The way they shaped up, I
think Croatia will win that Group.
They might miss out. I'm not sure if
Argentina will get through.
thank you very much. Chris Waddle in
the BBC Sport Centre. Will we get
more reaction from Moscow? We can do
that no now. Here is the Belgium
manager. Roberto Martinez. What a
draw that is for you having left
English shores and meeting in the
It is. Element, as they
say, football is a way of living and
I live almost 21 years in the
British game and in England, so it's
a very special draw, but, as we
know, it's the World Cup, it's about
preparation now. We've got a
challenging draw for England and
Panama. It's a challenging groupses
in terms of travelling. The most
demanding Group in terms of the
travelling arrangements. I think we
are looking forward to what we are
going to find.
You are a country in
unbelievable form. Record unbeaten
run you are on at the moment. What
is that down to, we know individual
talent, what have you done to give
them that durability?
I think it's
fair to say we've got a real
competitive Group. Our players they
are in a good moment of their
careers, as you know, probably 25
players of Belgium football are now
in the British game. We are very
well-known names for the British
public. Players with important roles
in important teams and players that
really enjoy coming together and
representing their country. I think
it's a clear basis of enjoying what
you do. They are great ambassadors
for Belgium football. We are are
looking forward to the preparation
now which is key before we start the
Good luck with it.
Roberto Martinez with Jonathan
Pearce. Are you excited, Portugal
Very excited. I can't
wait for the first game. First I
need to get fit and get selected.
What a carrot that is?
You couldn't hope for a better game.
A tougher game against big rivals.
Let's be up for it.
Who will win it?
I will tell you definitely on July
Ah! You have ten seconds.
World Cup is nated Nation United
Nations for the common man.
Not a bad draw for
Not bad at all.
very much for joining us. Six months
then until the World Cup starts, and
it's live on the BBC. We will see
you in Russia. Bye bye.
It's FA Cup round two,
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.