timberland fleece jacket England’s route to the World Cup final at Russia 2018
Now the World Cup draw has been made, England fans can start dreaming of their road to glory at Russia 2018. Gareth Southgate’s men were drawn in Group G, alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
But who would they have to overcome to win the tournament outright? We map out their path to the final.
If England win their group, they will be pitted against the runner up from Group H. It’s not easy to predict who that may be right now, but, according to the world rankings, COLOMBIA are the second best team in that pool, behind Poland but above Senegal and Japan.
Quarter final July 6, Kazan
Neymar and Brazil could be next up at the quarter final stage
A win over Colombia would set up a last eight clash against either the winner of Group E or the runner up of Group F. BRAZIL will be hot favourites to win Group E ahead of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia and they’ll also be expected to beat Mexico, Sweden or South Korea who are likely to finish behind Germany in Group F in the last 16.
Semi final July 10, St Petersburg
How would England fare against Spain?
If England were to see off Brazil we really will be getting excited! That would possibly mean a semi final clash with SPAIN. France and Portugal are other possible opponents at this stage as are England’s Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland.
England drew 0 0 with Germany in a friendly last month
Should England reach their first World Cup final in 52 years, Southgate’s heroes may well come up against world number one GERMANY in a repeat of the 1966 tournament.
IF ENGLAND FINISH RUNNERS UP IN GROUP GLast 16 July 3, Moscow
Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s record goal scorer
If England finish second in Group G, they will face the winner of Group H which, according to world rankings, should be POLAND, although Colombia, Senegal and Japan are other potential opponents at this stage.
Quarter final July 7, Samara
Will England come up against Germany’s Mesut Ozil in Russia?
Success in that fixture would take England into the last eight, with potentially GERMANY likely winners of Group F ahead of Mexico, Sweden and South Korea lying in wait. They will most likely have had to beat Switzerland in the last 16.
Semi final July 11, Moscow
Cristiano Ronaldo helped Portugal win Euro 2016
If England are able to find a way past the 2014 World Cup winners, Euro 2016 champions PORTUGAL would be next on the menu, if results were to go according to world rankings. Alternatively, Spain if they beat Portugal to first in Group B or Argentina, as winners of Group D, could be England’s opponents, assuming Russia or Denmark don’t spring a surprise in the knockout phase.