Southgate warns against writing off Tunisia and Panama

FIFA 2018 World Cup European qualifying match against Lithuania at the LFF Stadium in Vilnius

World Cup 2018: England boss Gareth Southgate 'will not write off' tournament

In the previous World Cup, Costa Rica qualified from a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay, while just over a year ago the Iceland humiliation occurred during Euro 2016.

England manager Gareth Southgate believes they can not afford to write off Tunisia and Panama after being handed a favourable World Cup draw.

Despite being handed a relatively kind draw, Southgate says his men must do the background work to ensure they are prepared to deliver the goods when they come up against Tunisia and Panama.

Martinez, who also looked pretty happy with his fixtures, told reporters Southgate is "a gentleman I admire and I wish him the best of luck, apart from the game in the World Cup".

The draw stirred fond memories for Southgate of playing for England against Tunisia at France 98, a match they won 2-0. "95% of our squad plays in the Premier League".

Panama recently held Wales to a 1-1 draw in a Cardiff friendly and Gomez believes that match showed that his team can potentially compete with Gareth Southgate's side. 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. Our game against England will be a good measurement for both nations. Now, the country knows what's coming and they can get excited.

Danger lurked throughout the 32-team draw for the World Cup but England avoided the toughest opposition as they were drawn, by Diego Maradona, in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and the World Cup debutants Panama.

The England manager said that Kane - who is expected to be named captain before the squad go to Russian Federation - had to deliver at a major worldwide tournament to be considered among the world's elite.

They will play their first game against Tunisia in Volgograd on 18 June, the fifth day of the tournament. They will bring an incredibly different approach than any other nation.

"We're the second-ranked team in that group so it's understandable how people will pitch it but, equally, in the last two tournaments we went out to teams we thought we'd beat".

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