The World Cup groups have been drawn

The group stage draw for the World Cup took place this afternoon – and it includes a tantalising draw for England.

The only home nation heading to Russia in the summer have been drawn in Group G, with an opening game against Tunisia. They will then play Panama and finish the group facing off against fellow Europeans Belgium.

If England progress pass the group stage – which shouldn’t be impossible with this draw – they could end up playing Poland, Senegal, Colombia or Japan in the first knockout round.

The European Champions Portugal will play their first game against former European and World Champions – and their close neighbours – Spain, while current World Champions Germany start their World Cup campaign against Mexico.

The full draw is below, and will be updated with the dates and times of each group stage tie shortly.

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