Egypt to Open World Cup Campaign Against Uruguay On June 16

Stanislav Cherchesov

NY [U.S.A], December 2 (ANI): Following a long road of qualifying joy and heartache, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia finally got into "game mode" after the Final Draw in Moscow's Kremlin State Palace.

England could in theory find themselves on a collision course with Germany and Spain if they do not win the group.

Germany was 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.

"I am certainly not scared", Loew told ZDF television.

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.

Croatia, debutants Iceland, and Nigeria will all fancy their chances of joining favourites Argentina in the knockout phase from Group D. It is the fifth time Nigeria have been grouped with Argentina in their six World Cups.

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"But obviously, Cristiano is well known by all of us, one of the best in history, and also plays for Portugal, a squad full of other great players". "This will be an exciting World Cup".

Five-time winners Brazil, eager to exorcise the demons of 2014 and their 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany on home soil, will expect little trouble in progressing from Group E ahead of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

The French team and their potent strike force of Antoine Griezmann will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C. "We should be able to handle all those teams", he said.

"It will be a tough group".

The tournament that spans 11 cities and 12 stadiums will kick off when host nation Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia on 14 June in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. Russian Federation should face a sterner test in Luis Suarez's Uruguay - the two-time World Cup winners who also have Paris Saint-Germain's danger man Edinson Cavani. But he also conceded: "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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