Top coaches cautious after 2018 FIFA World Cup draw

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Tunisia and debutants Panama complete the group.

"It will be a tough game because we watched Iran in qualifying and they have a very good team and a very good spirit".

Poland are the top seeds in Group H, where Colombia represent tough matchday two opposition.

Harry Kane and his teammates begin against Tunisia in Volgograd- in a stadium built on one of the main sites of the World War II Battle of Stalingrad - on June 18. We are going to be competitive as always and no matter what happens in each game, I'm sure our fans will be proud and happy with the team.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a speech at the draw ceremony that Russia had a "strong affection" for football.

The tournament has been much anticipated for being the first world cup that is to be played in Europe since 2006.

The draw also laid out all sides' potential routes to the final, and revealed such tantalising prospects as a quarter-final between Spain and Argentina, and possible semi-finals of Spain against Germany or France versus Brazil.

Egypt are in Group A with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay, while Nigeria find themselves in Group D with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

The Barcelona man turns 31 during the tournament, meaning this is probably also his last chance to win the World Cup.

Germany, winners of the 2014 event and FIFA's top-ranked team, will face Mexico before taking on Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

"I am certainly not scared", he told ZDF television.

"But if we win, we have a great opportunity to reach the second round".

A World Cup shrouded in corruption controversies and struggling to attract sponsors could have the dreariest of starts.

Neymar's Brazil must negotiate a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as the South Americans seek a sixth title.

France and their potent strikeforce of Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Either it be the shocking qualifiers that witnessed former champion Italy's failure to secure a spot in the tournament for the first time in over half a century, or the series of online threats against the 2018 World Cup by the pro-ISIS Wafa Media Foundation, one thing that is not to be doubted is the eventfulness the tournament has already brought to the audiences globally.

"Although it's a hard group, we believe in ourselves and definitely we can advance from the group", he said.

Japan's veteran coach Vahid Halilhodzic vowed to avenge his side's humiliating 4-1 thrashing by Colombia at the 2014 World Cup.

The tournament is all set to kick off with hosts Russian Federation contesting the opening match against Saud Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June and a total of 64 games will be played in the space of a month while the summit clash will take place in the same arena on 15 July.

"So that's why we have nothing to lose against these two".

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