Check out the full draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation as England and Scotland have been drawn together in Group F and Germany are paired with Czech Republic in Group C. The round will see 12 teams split into three groups of four. Honduras has qualified for the past two World Cups and Panama showed its strength at this month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, advancing to the semifinals before a controversial defeat to Mexico on Wednesday in Atlanta.
Wales have only ever reached the World Cup once, which came way back in 1958.
In theory Belize should be an easy victory for the Canadians, but that hasn’t always been the case for a team that likes to make things hard on themselves. Forward Deon McCauley is their goal threat, and plays for the Atlanta Silverbacks of MLS. Both games were held in Kingston, Ont., because Belize did not have a suitable stadium at the time.
The U.S. will play every team in its group at home and away.
That means when round four of qualifying opens up Canada will have to find an alternative venue to play their matches in, should they advance.
England haven’t failed to qualify for a World Cup since they missed the 1994 tournament in the United States, although under Steve McClaren’s management they did fail to rach the 2008 European Championships. Starting in November of 2016 and running through October, 2017, the USMNT would then play 10 matches against the top five other CONCACAF teams in a double round-robin format. Everyone is put into groups where the top teams advance and second-placed teams go into playoffs.
El Salvador have taken big strides in recent years, and are now ranked 88th in the World after a strong Gold Cup.
On Saturday evening’s draw, Scotland manager Gordan Strachan commented, ‘I’ve never been one for hoping that we avoid this team or wishing that we draw that team.’.
There will be another draw for the final round of qualifying after the fourth round is over to determine the schedule and home and away dates.