Eden Hazard Belgium
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England are heading in to the World Cup in Russia with far less expectation from fans that at previous competitions. This could just be what Southgate’s squad need. Less pressure on the players who can play with more freedom and looking at the youthful approach to the squad’s selection this again backs up this claim.

England will need to improve on their very poor showing at Euro 2016 in which they were defeated in the round of 16 by Iceland never showing any form at the tournament.

England have been drawn in a fairly weak looking group headed by the 3rd ranked side in the World, Belgium. Tunisia and Panama are the other two sides and the fact that Belgium are 1/33 and England 1/12 to qualify through rather tells the tale. Both sides look far superior to the other two and it will certainly be a shock if they don’t both breeze through.

Belgium have been on a stunning rise in recent times backed by the golden generation which is shown in the fact they were ranked 66th in the World back in 2009 and by 2015 were 1st. Belgium’s World Cup odds to win are 10/1 which means they are one of the clear favourites going in and a major threat to England in regards there progression through the tournament.

England are priced at 16/1 to lift the trophy which may look a big price to some people considering the talented squad but the fact that they have continued to struggle at major tournaments is an issue.

Or can this finally be the time England extend on their 1966 World Cup victory. Captain Harry Kane has been in stunning form in recent seasons that again included a haul of 30 Premier league goals. England will need him at his goal scoring best if they are to challenge in Russia.

England’s key threat in the group stage as mentioned previous is Belgium who have many familiar star names. So who are the key dangers England will need to watch out for?  Check out the infographic to find this out.

One name that all England fans will be aware of is Chelsea star Eden Hazard who is set to captain the Belgium side. He is coming off the back of an FA Cup final winning goal for Chelsea against United so will be hoping for further success in Russia.

There is no doubt he is one of the key dangers for the England side as they are set to clash on the 28th of June.

Belgium National Team - World Cup
Belgium National Team – World Cup

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