‘Last eight here we come’ – Best of reaction to England’s World Cup 2018 draw

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It’s fair to say that England got a favourable draw for the 2018 World Cup group stage on Friday, and it’s led to a mixed reaction on social media.

Gareth Southgate’s men will undoubtedly face a tough test against Belgium, with many in Roberto Martinez’s squad knowing their rivals well given many ply their trade in the Premier League.

On paper, those two nations will be expected to compete for top spot, with Tunisia and Panama looking to spoil the party and cause a major upset.

Given their track record in big international tournaments, you arguably wouldn’t expect England fans and the media as a whole to look too far ahead of themselves.

Euro 2016 was a perfect example of that as they were dumped out by Iceland, but it seems some haven’t learnt their lesson with a few comments below looking at who England could face deep into the knockout stages.

In truth, they really should make the most of their superior individual quality to make it past the group stage, but to suggest that their path thereafter will be straight-forward would be a mistake. A possible last-16 meeting with Colombia would be a real test of their credentials.

Nevertheless, whether it’s Englishmen assessing their chances or pundits and media outlets poking fun, England were undoubtedly a hot topic on Friday and they’ll be hoping to silence the detractors this time round and enjoy a deep run to get as close as possible to ending their wait for another World Cup.