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FIFA World Cup Trophy unveiled in Moscow

08 June, 2018, 03:03 | Author: John Swanson
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Russian Federation will be hoping to make a mockery of the rankings when they face World Cup Group A opponents Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay - with the latter two countries ranked 45th and 14th respectively.

Denmark is hardly a slouch either, with the Danes possessing a formidable line-up headlined by brilliant midfielder Christian Eriksen, who plays for Tottenham in the English Premier League. This is the fifth time the Iranians have qualified for the world finals.

Russian Federation struggled to break down a Turkish team which won't play at the World Cup and comprised a mixture of fringe players and young talent, with a starting lineup which averaged fewer than 10 caps each.

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They then travel to Kazan for a June 20 clash against former World Cup winners Spain, before concluding their group stage matches against Portugal on June 25.

England football team has a relatively easy group stage for the World Cup 2018 and England's first game will be against Tunisia on Monday, June 18 at 7pm.

There is no change for Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland at 31, but Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland fall two places to 29 after their recent 3-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

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"The draw seems to be the most fair result though we could have scored more goals today". Sadly for him, he is sharing a group with Mo Salah and Luis Suarez, who are very likely to outshine him here.

Like Uruguay, Egypt has the misfortune of facing either the victor or the runner-up of Group B, which features both Spain and Portugal. "It would be an exaggeration to say that I actually 'play, ' but I do try hard".

Germany, ranked number one as they seek to become the first back-to-back champions in 56 years, face opponents ranked 15th, 24th and 57th for a group average of 24.25, third-easiest on paper.

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If the boys have one regret, it is that they won't get to watch an Argentina match at a stadium. The team relies on these two. In attack, the partnership of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez is enough to strike fear into any side in the competition.

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