No fear of England for Tunisia, Panama

FA chief executive Martin Glenn has given Southgate a vote of confidence ahead of next year's World Cup

"Very excited for the World Cup and facing Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Moussa Dembele".

"They're ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they've got".

"It's a hard group but we were expecting a hard draw because if you are in Pot 3, you are going to have some great footballing nations - like Belgium and England".

"We have a great chance", said the former global, who played for Tunisia between 1982-1994. We have come unstuck against supposedly lesser nations in the past and we have had really good results against teams that would be seeded higher than us.

Southgate is likely to be bold and give youth a chance, but the games against Tunisia and Panama will pose different challenges than the more obvious test that Belgium will pose and sometimes, experience is a greater commodity than youthful exuberance against dogged, well-organised opponents. I asked God to avoid putting is in the first group because Ramadan finishes on June 14-15.

"The colour and vibrancy of that occasion, and winning. To play for my country in a World Cup is an incredible honour, to lead my country there as a manager is beyond that".

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"But at least it prepares us if we are going through for playing some of the good sides further down the line".

Southgate revealed he is likely to choose an outright captain in the near future, but says he is happy at the way in which he has rotated the captaincy during recent months.

As quoted in the Mirror, Martinez said: "I knew we were going to get England". We can't just have one captain and rely on them.

With a squad largely made up of players from Tunisian clubs Esperance and Etoile du Sahel, they also lack top-level pedigree.

"So, I like the fact that's been shared and I think it's important for us, especially with the younger groups, that they get a feel of that and that they get a feel of responsibility".

"We've got six days of rest after our first game, which if they are anxious about travel, that shouldn't be an issue".

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