Marcus Rashford 'will be watching' World Cup 2018 draw


England frontman Marcus Rashford has revealed his excitement ahead of the looming draw for the group stages of next year's 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

In the previous World Cup, Costa Rica qualified from a group containing England, Italy and Uruguay, while just over a year ago the Iceland humiliation occurred during Euro 2016.

Martinez's team will play their final Group G game against England in Kaliningrad on June 28.

England have a tough test against a Belgium side which provides some of the Premier League's best players, including Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Toby Alderweireld.

Gareth Southgate's side will face Tunisia in their opening game in Volgograd on June 18, a repeat of their first game in the 1998 World Cup in France, when goals from Alan Shearer and Paul Scholes gave England a 2-0 win in Marseille. The World Cup will begin on June 14, 2018, and end on July 15, 2018.

Many of those players that take to the pitch will know each other well from playing in the Premier League week in week out, and the two managers will also be accustomed with one another after working as TV pundits together before global management. But with a group of emerging young players to complement the likes of Harry Kane, Eric Dier, John Stones and Raheem Sterling, England certainly possess the quality and depth to target a quarterfinal spot at least. "The average age of this Tunisian squad is 26 and despite meeting England, we have a great chance of reaching the second round". The question for Southgate is whether he goes with inexperience in the shape of Reuben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Harry Winks, or plays safe by handing worldwide reprieves to Chris Smalling, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Daniel Sturridge and even Theo Walcott.

Will England get a harder or easier Group than the predicted draw?

"What's exciting for our team is, although we lack some big match experience and we don't have at the moment trophies and medals on the table for a lot of the lads, I think that's all ahead for them and what's possible is exciting".

Question marks remain over England's ability to dictate a game from midfield and keep possession against the stronger teams but nobody is realistically expecting them to win the competition.