Gary Lineker has cracked his jokes, the awkward Russian musical numbers have ended, and suited-and-booted Diego Maradona has opened the ping-pong balls. The World Cup 2018 draw has come and gone.
The tournament itself won’t begin until June 14th, but the groups are finally set. Quite a few Tottenham players will be heading to Russia, and quite a few of them will be facing off against each other.
Group G is the big one for Spurs players, as it features England against Belgium. The two European sides will play each other in their final group stage game. 9 Tottenham players could feature in some capacity, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, Kieran Trippier, and Harry Winks.
Vertonghen and Dier actually watched the draw together, and Jan documented it all on his Instagram Live.
Vertonghen was watching with Dier...Jan’s face when England and Belgium got drawn together pic.twitter.com/O4zLKR0XvD— Alex Greenberg (@AGreenberg22) December 1, 2017
Judging by their reactions, it’s safe to say the two players did not want their countries to be drawn together.
Another intriguing Spurs-on-Spurs match up will take place in Group C, which includes both France and Denmark. Hugo Lloris will be France’s captain in Russia, while Christian Eriksen will be Denmark’s main attacking threat. And I guess Moussa Sissoko plays for France too.
Son Heung-min and South Korea will face a tough job to qualify for the knockout stages. They were drawn in Group F with defending champions Germany, as well as Sweden and Mexico.
Group H might be the most wide-open of all the groups. Davinson Sanchez and Colombia will like their chances of advancing ahead of at least two of Poland, Japan, and Senegal.
It’s doubtful that Erik Lamela will make the Argentina squad for the World Cup, but if he gets together to watch the games with Mauricio Pochettino they’ll be cheering against former Spurs players Luka Modric and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
If you came here looking for the United States’ draw, I’ve got some bad news for you.