FIFA World Cup 2018: All eyes on England and Belgium in Group G
If England and Belgium are the powerhouse, then Panama and Tunisia are the surprise package in the Group.
Belgium (FIFA rank: 3)
England (FIFA rank: 13)
Panama (FIFA rank: 55)
Tunisia (FIFA rank: 14)
Group G will feature two favorites of the world cup 2018 Belgium and England, along with Tunisia and first-time qualifier Panama. Group matches will decide how far both England and Belgium will go in their world cup quest. Both the teams are favorite to qualify for the round of 16.
In the last two edition of the world cup, England could not pass a round of 16. But under coach Gareth Southgate England team look lively and more reliable in the attack. England players have the experience of playing in one of the world's most competitive league, which will be an advantage for them. For World Cup 2018, Southgate picked a young side to represent the country.
The likes of Jesse Lingard, Dele Alli, Eric Dier who impressed Southgate with their performances in the domestic league will be key players in the attack. While in the Forward line Harry Kane will be leading the charge along with Jamie Vardy. Both of them are capable of destroying any defense in the world cup. Southgate also has the pace of Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford, and Danny Welbeck on his list of players in the attack.
If England has star players in the team, Belgium has players who are playing in top leagues all over Europe. Ranked 3rd in the world ranking Belgium has a solid defense, a creative midfield, and a fierce attacking line-up. Under the Coach Roberto Martinez, the team has the mind that needed to succeed in big competition. With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Belgium team has talent which can win the world cup.
Finishing above the USA in CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) qualifying round, Panama will be more than excited to play in Russia. While Panama lacks big names in the team but the team will not give up without a fight in Russia. Gabriel Gomez will be a key player in the team, who has the ability to dictate the midfield with his passing. It will be interesting to watch how the new qualifiers play against the best in Europe.
Tunisia will miss their key player Youssef Msakni, whose injury before the world cup ruled him out of the world cup squad. But Tunisia will be less concern about the players who will not play. They will be more focused on the players who can guide the team through the group stage. Wahbi Khazzi will play a key role in the forward after having a brilliant season in Rennes. Tunisia is not afraid of either Belgium or England said striker Anice Badri as they look ready to challenge both teams for the spot in the round of 16.
Belgium and England look favorites to reach the round of 16 from Group-G, while Tunisia and Panama are the tests both the teams will have to pass.