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Fonte pleased with World Cup draw


Filed: Friday, 1st December 2017
By: Staff Writer


West Ham central defender Jose Fonte says Portugal's opening game of next summer's World Cup Finals will be one to remember.

The reigning European Champions were drawn alongside Morocco, Iran and their biggest rivals Spain in Group B of the tournament- who they open their campaign against in Sochi in 15 June.


Fonte delivers his verdict on the BBC this afternoon


And Fonte, who is currently sidelined through injury believes it will be a "fascinating" affair when the two teams meet - and hopefully one he will be able to take part in. "First I need to get fit and be selected," said the 33-year-old, "but it'll definitely be a good group to watch.

"It's definitely a very important game [against Spain], being the first one it's a tircky one as well. It's always difficult going into the first game but hopefully we can present ourselves in a good way and gwt a good result against Spain so we can give ourselves the best chance of winning the other two games.

"It's a very big rivalry and will be like a local derby. It's going to be fascinating for sure, everybody's going to be up for it and it's a great game to play in, so we look forward to it. We have to keep our feet on the ground and approach it game by game like we did in the Euros."

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And Fonte revealed that Portuguese are already hoping to repeat their greatest rivals' record of having held both the European Championships and World CUp titles at the same time.

"We are the European chapions and have our ambitions, but have to take it game by game like the Euros," he added. "But we are expected to go through to the knockout stages and we're confident that we can do that.

"We have to play them all but it'll be a very exciting first game. Morocco are strong, they've done very well in qualification and Iran have a Portuguese manager, Carlos Queiroz so that'll be interesting as well."

The full World Cup draw was as follows; England have been drawn in Group G alongside top seeds Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.


2018 World Cup Draw

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan





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