2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ preview: England

- Hyundai Motor is an official partner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, and our third preview of the major European contenders assesses the hopes and dreams of England.

Our 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ preview series has so far looked at Germany and France’s chances of glory, and this time we’re previewing England. Although Gareth Southgate’s side aren’t regarded as one of the pre-tournament favourites, they boast an up-and-coming squad with players capable of posing a threat to any side in the tournament. Should the side make it all the way to the final and lift the trophy, it will be the first time they’ve tasted victory since 1966.

A disappointing performance two years ago at UEFA Euro 2016™ saw England surprisingly knocked out against Iceland in the second round. On this occasion, they'll be hoping to reach the latter stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. If they make it all the way to the final, they'll line up at Moscow’s 81,000-capacity Luzhniki Stadium.

England will face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G

England start in Volgograd

With players like Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Dele Alli, England have some of the most exciting players in world football and the team is expected to make it out of Group G with relative ease. The only question is whether they can finish ahead of tournament dark horses Belgium.

England’s first match is against Tunisia at the Volgograd Arena on 18 June, a re-run of their opening match in the 1998 FIFA World Cup™, which they won 2-0. This is followed by a clash with minnows Panama at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium on 24 June, before their final group game against Belgium in Kaliningrad on 28 June.

Can England go all the way in Russia?

England are expected to qualify from their group with relative ease, and are likely to face either Colombia or Poland in the second round. Then things start to get tricky. If they manage to make it to the quarter-finals, they are likely to face either Brazil or Germany.

Winning a FIFA World Cup™ requires some luck along the way, and if England do manage to surprise any naysayers and make it to the semi-finals, they could face Didier Deschamps’ France side. If they make it to the final, they could face Lionel Messi’s Argentina or 2010 FIFA World Cup™ champions Spain. There’s no easy games in international football, after all!

The Hyundai Go! Special Edition range

Hyundai Motor recently announced the Go! Special Edition range to support its sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

The Go! Special Edition models are available in a number of colours, including an all new colour, Champion Blue (metallic)

The Go! Special Edition will run across several model ranges and feature a high level of standard equipment, including satellite navigation and alloy wheels, as well as an exclusive Go! Special Edition cloth upholstery design and Go! body emblems.

The Go! Special Edition models are available in a number of colours, including an all new colour, Champion Blue (metallic).

Be There With Hyundai

Hyundai Motor will also be providing official tournament team buses. As part of the ‘Be There With Hyundai’ competition, from 16 April fans will get to decide which slogans will be displayed on each of the 32 vehicles, and which of the lucky creators will travel to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

'Be There With Hyundai' gives fans the chance to join their teams in Russia

For more information, please visit www.fifa.com/betherewithhyundai.