VLADIMIR PUTIN welcomed soccer royalty in Russia at this time because the World Cup draw befell on the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The Russian chief greeted the likes of Ronaldo, Peter Schmeichel and Samuel Eto’o on the purple carpet in Purple Sq. as the best event within the recreation was mapped out.
Diego Maradona arrived arm-in-arm with girlfriend Rocio Oliva earlier than he planted a smacker on fellow soccer legend Pele.
It was a star-studded occasion within the Russian capital, with everybody anxious to make sure their nation avoids probably the most tough opposition.
Maradona, Diego Forlan and Gordon Banks have been among the many huge soccer personalities concerned in drawing out the 32 groups.
England have been handed a dream World Cup draw after they have been drawn to face Belgium, Tunisia and Panama at Russia 2018.
Gareth Southgate’s facet might hardly have hoped for a greater final result from the draw, which befell on the Kremlin in Moscow.
With their place in Pot Two they might have been handed a nightmare qualification problem subsequent summer time, however as an alternative will now must be assured of progressing to the knock-out phases.
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And in the event that they do attain the last-16, there are far worse opponents they might have confronted than Poland, Colombia, Japan or Senegal.
The Three Lions will start their marketing campaign on June 18 in Volgograd, the place they’ll face African qualifiers Tunisia, ranked 27th on the planet.
Panama – making their first ever look at a World Cup finals and ranked a lowly 56th – are second up on June 24 in Nizhny Novgorod.
That sort draw means England must be assured of already guaranteeing qualification earlier than they face prime seeds Belgium in last match.
Roberto Martinez’s facet are some of the fancied groups to win in Russia subsequent summer time, and they’re going to meet England in Kaliningrad on June 28.
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