Coaches hail tantalising World Cup draw

FIFA World Cup 2018 Draw: Summary

Iran national football team will reportedly take part at the tournament in Qatar as part of preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Germany were placed with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F as Joachim Loew's men try to become the first nation to retain the title since Brazil in 1962.

Group D sees familiar foes meeting once more, as Argentina and Nigeria will compete against one another for the fifth time in the past six World Cups, while Iceland and Croatia - who met twice in qualifying - have been drawn together again.

Joining the hosts and the Arab nation in Group A will be Egypt and Uruguay, two sides who will be expected to negotiate the group comfortably - thanks in most part to their talismanic strikers - Mohamed Salah for the Egyptians, and the pairing of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez for the two-time world champions.

They will open their campaign against Uruguay on June 16 before meeting Russian Federation three days later and concluding their Group A campaign against Saudi Arabia on June 25.

England manager Gareth Southgate said his mind went back to playing in the 2-0 group-stage win over Tunisia at the 1998 World Cup.

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The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions Portugal, while England will face talented Belgium side at the World Cup.

"I'm here to say Iran needs special local preparations", the 64-year-old said in a video posted on his Facebook page after Friday's World Cup draw in Moscow.

"Our country is looking forward to the championship and intends to hold it at the highest level", Putin said.

"Other countries have been watching us over the last few years and they have progressed and they have great players".

Many believe he has given a real character to the national team. "Whatever the group, the French team have to qualify for the knockout round and have to finish first in the group", Deschamps told BeIN Sport.

"It will be a tough group". But he also conceded: "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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