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"They are clearly favourites from what we have seen in recent years, with the coach they have, and then second place I honestly think will be between England and us". 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.

The camera then switches to the TV, and captures the moment the Three Lions are drawn in Group G - alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.

When asked about England's chances of winning the tournament, World Cup victor Gordon Banks said: "If they start straightaway, getting some results, playing pretty well, then they'll stand a chance".

"Gareth will be telling the lads, 'We need to be super professional going into them two games, ' he said". The World Cup will begin on June 14, 2018, and end on July 15, 2018.

We have come unstuck against supposedly lesser nations in the past and we have had really good results against teams that would be seeded higher than us.

MOSCOW RUSSIA- DECEMBER 01 A general view of the final draw results during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace

But the matches against Tunisia and England will be particularly evocative for their coach Hernan Dario Gomez. "We want to go to the World Cup to enjoy our football and to enjoy the responsibility of having such a strong generation".

They beat Tunisia 1-0 but were eliminated after losing 2-0 to England in Lens, with Darren Anderton putting the English ahead before David Beckham scored a wonderful free-kick.

"Yes, a couple of them had a taste of it at the last tournament, but many of them will not feel that weight and burden that a lot of the players have carried over a good few tournaments over the years". "Panama are very happy with this group".

"It is a game where there are no secrets - no secrets about Belgium from England or for us about the England team". "Panama are learning and trying to progress", he said.

In the wide-ranging interview, Southgate dismissed any concerns over potential long-distance travelling his squad may face arguing that his England players were well versed with the demands of major competitions, with numerous squad making regular visits to European counterparts during the season.



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