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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup draw results and full daily schedule

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.

The 32 qualified teams, allocated in four pots based on their October FIFA ranking, were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team.

There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation.

Group stage

After playing each team in their group, the top two...

 By PA Sport

David Moyes: Joe Hart will play again but England spot is not my concern

The ESPN FC guys discuss how much credit David Moyes is due following West Ham's 1-0 victory over Chelsea.

David Moyes has assured Joe Hart he will get games at West Ham, but warned the goalkeeper: "It's not my job to pick the England team.''

Hart's World Cup hopes are in jeopardy after Moyes dropped the 30-year-old for Saturday's 1-0 win over Chelsea.

England boss Gareth Southgate wants his squad to be playing regularly for their clubs in the run-up to the tournament in Russia next year, but Adrian now looks set for a run in the West Ham goal, with Hart possibly restricted to appearances in the cup...

Shoji wonder goal fires Japan to win vs. China in East Asian Championships

Japan's Vahid Halilhodzic has been experimenting with new players and combinations ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Gen Shoji's outrageous strike from the edge of the centre circle put considerable gloss on another muted performance from World Cup-bound Japan as Vahid Halilhodzic's makeshift side secured a 2-1 win over China at the East Asian Championship in Tokyo on Tuesday evening.

Shoji's long-range attempt evaded Wang Dalei, despite the goalkeeper having a clear sight of the ball from the moment the central defender took aim, only for the shot to fly over his head to double Japan's lead with just three minutes...

 By Mark Lovell

Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer: I'll definitely be playing at World Cup

Jupp Heynckes says Bayern Munich aren't ready to celebrate anything despite their comfortable position at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has said he is convinced he will be able to play in next year's World Cup but remains uncertain about when he will make his club comeback.

Germany international Neuer, 31, is out of action until the New Year after fracturing a bone in his foot in September -- the third time he has suffered such an injury this year.

The Bayern and Germany captain, who said his recovery could take at least six months, told Bild: "I have to say the other goalkeepers have performed...

 By John Duerden

Yosuke Ideguchi ready to leave Japan, risk World Cup selection for Leeds

The ESPN FC crew feel Group H is the most unpredictable with Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan making up the group.
Senegal will face Poland, Colombia and Japan in the 2018 World Cup group stages.

Japan international midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi scored the winning goal against North Korea on Saturday in the East Asian Championships, and then told reporters that he is ready to join Leeds United.

According to reports in Tokyo, the Gamba Osaka star has agreed to move to the English second-tier side in January, but expects to be loaned out to another country in the European Union as he does not yet meet the requirements necessary to receive a British work permit.

"I think that this is a place where...