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Summary

  1. England in Group G with Belgium, Tunisia & Panama
  2. England's first game against Tunisia in Volgograd
  3. Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Egypt. Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
  4. Russia v Saudi Arabia is first game of World Cup
  5. Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark. Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
  6. Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia. Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
  7. Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

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    Right, that's a wrap from us. Thanks for all of your company this afternoon.

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  2. Vote result: Who will win the World Cup?

    We've been asking you to vote for who you think will win the World Cup now that we know the groups.

    Your winners? Germany, with 32% of the vote, while 20% of you went for England to come out on top in Russia - making them your second favourites.

    Only 3% of you think Spain will lift the trophy they won in 2010.

    Germany celebrate winning the World Cup
  3. The draw in 60 seconds...

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    Video caption: Who will play who in Russia 2018?
  4. Egypt -> Group A

    John Bennett

    BBC World Service

    If Mohamed Salah is 100% fit in Russia I think Egypt will get out of Group A. With him they definitely have enough to beat Russia and Saudi Arabia

  5. What do we know about Tunisia?

    Wahbi Khazri is one of Tunisia's key players

    Pedigree: Next summer will represent the first time Tunisia have appeared at a World Cup finals since the tournament in Germany in 2006, at which they failed to make it beyond the group stage. In three finals appearances prior to that - 1978, 1998 and 2002 - they failed to make the knockout rounds.

    Key player: Centre-back Aymen Abdennour is an experienced and talented figure in Tunisia's defence. Currently on loan at French club Marseille from Valencia, he has 57 international caps and has scored twice. Previously linked with moves to the Premier League with both Everton and Chelsea, the 28-year-old was recently reported to be on Watford's radar.

    Wahbi Khazri began this season in the Championship with Sunderland but joined Rennes on loan in August

    Premier League players: None

    Championship players: Wahbi Khazri (Sunderland, on loan at Rennes)

    Who is the boss? Nabil Maaloul is in his second spell as Tunisia coach. His first lasted just seven games in 2013, which ended in his resignation after he failed to take his country to the 2014 World Cup finals. He returned in April of 2017, following spells with El Jaish SC in Qatar and the Kuwait national team. Prior to all this, he was assistant to then head coach Roger Lemerre as Tunisia won the 2004 African Cup of Nations and led ES Tunis to an historic treble in 2011. He won 74 caps for Tunisia during his playing days as a midfielder in the 1980s and 1990s, representing them at the Olympics in Seoul in 1988.

  6. What do we know about Belgium?

    Eden Hazard in action against the Netherlands

    Well, quite a lot, actually...

    Pedigree: Having failed to qualify for the previous two tournaments, Belgium reached the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014, losing to eventual runners-up Argentina. The Red Devils' best finish was fourth in 1986.

    Eden Hazard made his Belgium debut as a 17-year-old in 2008

    Key player: Eden Hazard. The twinkle-toed Chelsea forward unlocks defences with his rapid change of pace, close control and eye for a pass. He also wears the captain's armband for Roberto Martinez's side.

    Premier League players: Michy Batshuayi, Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard (all Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Toby Alderweireld, Moussa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen, (all Tottenham), Kevin De Bruyne, Vincent Kompany (both Manchester City), Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku (both Manchester United), Steven Defour (Burnley), Nacer Chadli (West Brom), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace), Divock Origi (Wolfsburg, on loan from Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (Watford), Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield).

    Scottish Premiership player: Dedryck Boyata (Celtic)

    Who's the boss? Roberto Martinez's big achievement in English football was guiding Wigan to FA Cup success in 2013, although they were relegated three days later.

    The former Swansea and Everton manager's prowess in organising an attack has never been in question, but there were concerns over his defensive aptitude at club level. That shouldn't be a problem with this Belgium outfit, who have the likes of Tottenham defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, and Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in their ranks.

  7. What do we know about Panama?

    Panama's manager celebrates reaching the World Cup

    Pedigree: None. Panama reached their first World Cup finals with a victory over Costa Rica that took advantage of the United States' defeat by Trinidad & Tobago. They were runners-up at Concacaf's Gold Cup in 2013.

    Key player: Roman Torres, 31, is a central defender who plays for Seattle Sounders and whose composure and leadership will be vital if Panama are to have any chance of making an impression in Russia. His name has already been etched indelibly into Panama's history after scoring the winning goal against Costa Rica that clinched their qualification.

    Hernan Dario Gomez has done a remarkable job by steering Panama to the finals

    Premier League players: None. Only three of the current squad play in Europe.

    Who's the boss? Colombian Hernan Dario Gomez has had a varied international coaching career, including managing his homeland twice. This will be his third World Cup after taking Colombia to the 1998 finals, where they lost to England, and Ecuador to the 2002 tournament.

  8. 'An absolute bye'

    Mark Lawrenson

    Former Republic of Ireland defender on BBC Radio 5 live

    If England don’t qualify from the group, it’s time to pack it in. It’s that good a draw. It’s an absolute bye. Gareth Southgate isn't expected to get through – he has to get through. Where would England be if they didn’t make it out of the group?

  9. Group H

    1. Poland
    2. Senegal
    3. Colombia
    4. Japan
  10. Group G

    1. Belgium
    2. Panama
    3. Tunisia
    4. England
  11. Group F

    1. Germany
    2. Mexico
    3. Sweden
    4. South Korea
  12. Group E

    1. Brazil
    2. Switzerland
    3. Costa Rica
    4. Serbia
  13. Group D

    1. Argentina
    2. Iceland
    3. Croatia
    4. Nigeria
  14. Group C

    1. France
    2. Australia
    3. Peru
    4. Denmark
  15. Group B

    1. Portugal
    2. Spain
    3. Morocco
    4. Iran
  16. Group A

    1. Russia
    2. Saudi Arabia
    3. Egypt
    4. Uruguay
  17. Let's recap the groups

    In case you're just finishing work, etc, let's recap the groups in full:

  18. Saudi genius

    Russia v Saudi Arabia

    We may have been a bit sniffy about Saudi Arabia playing Russia in the opener but we won't be if they bring this to the table...

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    Video caption: World Cup moments: Saudi Arabia joy
  19. Reminiscing with Shearer

    Tunisia v England (18 June 2018)

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    Video caption: World Cup: Alan Shearer remembers beating Tunisia in '98