FIFA rankings underline England’s World Cup challenge

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To continue building toward June 14, the date of the opening bout between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, we're presenting the first edition of our World Cup 100, a ranking of the best players heading to the finals in each position.

Atletico Madrid pair Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez will start in the middle of a back-four, but it is midfield where there is more debate over who will start the tournament.

Two weeks before the start of the competition, Federation Internationale de Football Association announced that England, whose fans usually travel to major tournaments in huge numbers, had just 34,000 tickets allocated to their fans after poor sales, compared to 58,690 tickets that were sold for the last World Cup in Brazil four years ago.

Russian Federation has more to worry about than violence breaking out among football fans. Switzerland stay in a surprise sixth, ahead of much-fancied World Cup contenders France and Spain, who are in seventh and 10th places respectively.

England football team has a relatively easy group stage for the World Cup 2018 and England's first game will be against Tunisia on Monday, June 18 at 7pm.

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"The draw seems to be the most fair result though we could have scored more goals today", Russia's manager Stanislav Cherchesov said.

Salah was included in Egypt's final 23-man squad, with the team's medical staff suggesting it will be touch and go for the player to be ready in time for their Group A game against Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on June 15.

If this is the case, then they will face the runners-up of Group B, which will likely be Portugal.

Saudi Arabia missed out back in 2010 and 2014, but they are back after they finished ahead of Australia in the qualifying groups, but he was sacked after five games under his charge. In attack, the partnership of Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez is enough to strike fear into any side in the competition. A clash between the two sides will no doubt be an interesting one, and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between both teams.

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