England in Russia: The Best & Worst Draws For The Three Lions

To say there’s a lack of enthusiasm about England is an understatement. With the first team anyway. Within the underage teams there’s plenty of excitement, but the first team just lack that cutting edge.


Despite that they’re 20/1 to win the World Cup and come the summer we’ll no doubt all be touting the Three Lions as world beaters. The draw must come first though, and with England being placed in Pot Two, it could quite frankly be a horrific draw for them.


The Best Possible Outcome For England’s World Cup Group

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Despite the fans probably thinking otherwise after the shenanigans in France, England’s best hopes of qualification will be if they are drawn into the host’s Russia’s group. The hosts are the lowest ranked side in Pot One and, on paper, provide the easiest challenge. Naturally, they’ll have the 12th man and are at 50/1 when it comes to the World Cup odds. Alternatively, a draw with Poland would be seen as a let off by many.


The Three Lions can’t draw anyone from Pot Two so will avoid the Spanish as well as potentially tough ties against Colombia and Uruguay. From Pot Three, the best possible draw would lie with Iran, who are ranked 34th in the world. Senegal would also be a favourable draw, with the African nation ranked just two places above Iran. The final position would best be taken by Panama or Saudi Arabia dependent on whether drawn against Senegal or Iran in Pot Three.


Should England face Iran, the best outcome would be to face Panama, while a Senegal tie would mean the best draw would be Saudi Arabia, the lowest ranked team in the competition. This is due to no nation from the same confederation (aside from Europe) being allowed to face each other in the Group Stage.


The Worst Possible World Cup Draw For England


Come December 1, it’ll be fingers and toes crossed as they could be given a truly horrible draw. Of course, World Cup favourites Germany and Brazil will be the ones to avoid from Pot One, despite Southgate’s men doing well against them in their recent friendlies. The worst possible group would see them up against Brazil, while meeting Serbia, the highest ranked team in Pot Four in the same group.


In Pot Three, African Cup Of Nations giants Egypt would be the toughest opponent, although they proved last time out Costa Rica could also be a tricky one. There are a number of teams to avoid dependent on who comes out first for England. Denmark and Iceland also proving tricky ties – as we well know – should a European team being avoided in Pot One, while Nigeria could also cause some trouble in Pot Four. They have proven they can hold their own against the bigger teams in recent times though, it’s just finishing off the weaker teams that has been the trouble.

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