England discover their group opponents for Russia

Tunisia players celebrating their qualification for the 2018 World Cup

"About a 50 per cent chance we get England", Vertonghen says, before admitting: "I don't want to [get them]".

Only last week, the same website brought us the image below, showing what they confidently state will be England's next home shirt.

Belgium, England, Tunisia and Panama were drawn together in Group G at Friday's ceremony in the Kremlin, with the Belgians the top seeds.

It will be nearly exactly 20 years to the day when England played Tunisia in their opening fixture of the 1998 World Cup, with England winning 2-0 on June 15.

It was nearly fated, it seems, that given the links between the Belgium squad and England - and between Martinez and the country the 44-year-old Spaniard spent 21 years in, building his career as a player and as a manager with Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and Everton - that the two nations would meet.

"That is the most important thing for us".

England's World Cup fixtures and dates
England's World Cup fixtures and dates

"Belgium will be favourites even to win the World Cup, but it is the flawless game to see how good this English team is". Thankfully, another update from the fellas at Footy Headlines - a website which really knows its onions when it comes to leaked football kits - allows us to do precisely that.

Gareth Southgate's side also have Panama, who came through the Concacaf round, on June 24 in Nizhy Novgorod. After two dismal World Cups in Brazil and South Africa, England simply need to be a quarterfinal team again and, in Russian Federation, they really should be.

There could be a positive omen, too, in the Panama manager Hernán Darío Gómez having coached Colombia at France 98 when England beat them 2-0 and David Beckham scored a trademark free-kick from 30 yards.

We've been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten by them haven't we?

"Belgium are ranked fifth in the world (rankings) - and are one of the great nations in the world, not only in Europe. We played Wales and they have more or the less the same style".

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