World Cup 2018: England to face Belgium, Portugal get Spain & the group stage in full

The Three Lions will face the likes of Lukaku and De Bruyne in Group G's final match, as the first round was decided in Friday's ceremony in Moscow

England have been drawn with Belgium in Group G for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The groupings for next year's competition were finally revealed on Friday during a ceremony in Moscow. 

And the big news for the Three Lions is their meeting with the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Thibaut Courtois in the first round.

Gareth Southgate's men have also been paired with Tunisia and Panama. 

Defending champions Germany were drawn with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.

Brazil, meanwhile, find themselves pitted against Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica in Group E.

Group A Group B
Russia Portugal
Saudi Arabia Spain
Egypt Morocco
Uruguay Iran

Group C Group D
France Argentina
Australia Iceland
Peru Croatia
Denmark Nigeria

Group E Group F
Brazil Germany
Switzerland Mexico
Costa Rica Sweden
Serbia South Korea

Group G Group H
Belgium Poland
Panama Senegal
Tunisia Colombia
England Japan

European title winners Portugal have been handed a tough group that includes top seeds Spain, Morocco and Iran.

Hosts Russia begin the competition with a fixture against Saudi Arabia, and they will also tackle Egypt and Uruguay.

Finalists in 2014 Argentina, meanwhile, have been handed a tricky run to the last 16. 

Jorge Sampaoli's men face Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria in Group D. 

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The World Cup will kick off in the Luzhniki Stadium with the first match scheduled for June 14, between the hosts and Saudi Arabia. 

England, meanwhile, will start their campaign on June 18 in Volgograd against Tunisia. 

Gareth Southgate's side will then face Panama in Nizhy Novgorod before closing out Group G against Belgium in Kaliningrad on June 28.

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