England was the only home nation in the draw. There were high hopes that Wales would be there too after reaching the semi-finals in the Euro 2016, Wales was in Group D of the qualifiers with Austria, Serbia, Moldova, Georgia and Republic Ireland. Serbia went on to win the group with Wales only manging third place after 4 wins, 5 draws and 1 lose.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia between 14th June 2018 – 15th July 2018, Russia was awarded the hosting rights back in December 2010. The tournament consists of 32 national teams including defending champions Germany, Panama and Iceland with the famous 'Thunderclap' will make their first appearance. 64 matches will be played in total, taking place over 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15th July in Moscow at Luzhniki stadium. Germany and Brazil are joint favourites to win closely followed by France.
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
Rundown of the groups:
Group A: Host Russia are likely qualifiers from Group A with Uruguay but look out for Egypt star man, Mohamed Salah who has made a brilliant start to his premier league career with Liverpool.
Group B: Portugal and Spain are likely qualifiers from Group B, Spain won the world cup back in 2010. The star man of the group must be Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal.
Group C: France and Denmark are likely qualifiers from Group C, France won the world cup back in 1998 and are many people's bet to win the world cup.
Group D: Argentina and Croatia are likely qualifiers from Group D, this could be the last chance for Lionel Messi of Argentina to won the big one and truly turn him into a football great. Argentina has won the world cup twice, 1978 and 1986. The main attachment of the group must be Iceland for the fan following including the famous 'Thunderclap' from the Euro 2016.
Group E: Brazil and Switzerland are likely qualifiers from Group E, it's hard not to look passed Brazil to go all the way to the final after winning the world cup 5 times in the past, the last time been 2002. Can Neymar bring some Brazilian magic to the world cup? Watch out for Switzerland with Stoke City's Xherdan Shaqiri in the team anything can happen.
Group F: Germany and Mexico are likely qualifiers from Group F, if Germany defend they title they will equal Brazil record of winning the world cup 5 times (4 times winners under West Germany).
Group G: Belgium and England are likely qualifiers from Group G, this group contains first times Panama. With Wayne Rooney (at this time) not going to the world cup it falls to Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur to be are star man or could the young Marcus Rashford from Manchester United shine on the big stage. We need to keep a close eye on Eden Hazard from Belgium but as he plays for Chelsea he's is well known to our players.
Group H: Poland and Colombia are likely qualifiers from Group H, expect some goals from Robert Lewandowski who is Poland all-time top scorer with over 51 goals.
England are expected to progress out of the group stage but if we managed to go any further just look what could be on the cards, remember in the last 10 years the highest England has come is fourth place in 1990.
If England win Group G we will be against the runner-up from Group H, Colombia we think
The quarter-finals will be against the winners of Group E, Brazil of course
Semi-finals could be against one of the following Spain, France or Portugal
Final against Germany, sounds familiar. 1966.
Whoever you support we all hope the tournament can showcase the beautiful game of football and Russia can do themselves justice. We wish all the teams good luck and hope that the main players can keep injury free from now until the summer of 2018. Let the countdown begin.