With the World Cup getting underway on Thursday, England fans can start dreaming of their road to glory at Russia 2018.
Gareth Southgate’s men were drawn in Group G, alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
But who would they have to overcome to win the tournament outright? We map out their path to the final…
IF ENGLAND WIN GROUP G
Last-16 – July 2, Rostov-on-Don
If England win their group, they will be pitted against the runner-up from Group H. It’s not easy to predict who that may be right now, but, according to the world rankings, COLOMBIA are the second best team in that pool, behind Poland but above Senegal and Japan.
Quarter-final – July 6, Kazan
A win over Colombia would set up a last-eight clash against either the winner of Group E or the runner-up of Group F. BRAZIL will be hot favourites to win Group E ahead of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia and they’ll also be expected to beat Mexico, Sweden or South Korea – who are likely to finish behind Germany in Group F – in the last-16.
Semi-final – July 10, St Petersburg
If England were to see off Brazil we really will be getting excited! That would possibly mean a semi-final clash with SPAIN. France and Portugal are other possible opponents at this stage – as are England’s Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland.
Final – July 15, Moscow
Should England reach their first World Cup final in 52 years, Southgate’s heroes may well come up against world number one GERMANY in a repeat of the 1966 tournament.
IF ENGLAND FINISH RUNNERS-UP IN GROUP G
Last-16 – July 3, Moscow
If England finish second in Group G, they will face the winner of Group H which, according to world rankings, should be POLAND, although Colombia, Senegal and Japan are other potential opponents at this stage.
Quarter-final – July 7, Samara
Success in that fixture would take England into the last eight, with potentially GERMANY – likely winners of Group F ahead of Mexico, Sweden and South Korea – lying in wait. They will most likely have had to beat Switzerland in the last-16.
Semi-final – July 11, Moscow
If England are able to find a way past the 2014 World Cup winners, Euro 2016 champions PORTUGAL would be next on the menu, if results were to go according to world rankings. Alternatively, Spain – if they beat Portugal to first in Group B – or Argentina, as winners of Group D, could be England’s opponents, assuming Russia or Denmark don’t spring a surprise in the knockout phase.
Final – July 15, Moscow
Make it this far and Southgate’s side might have to beat BRAZIL in the final to get their hands on the trophy.