From The Grass Roots To The World Cup


The Home Nations were all handed clashes to set the pulse racing as the World Cup Draw took place in Athens last night.

The pick of them, from a UK point of view, was probably the all-Celtic game that will see Scotland and Ireland face off, in what is sure to be an eagerly anticipated match.

That provided the centrepiece of a Group G that shows the global appeal of Socca. The remaining three teams are France – many people’s dark horses for 2019 after their debut showing in Lisbon – China, and Iraq.

It is a similar story for Wales, in Group C. Their toughest assignment will be against 2018 runners-up, Poland, although Belgium and an experienced Lithuania will be no pushovers for Barry John’s men, and they will also face newboys Morocco.

England – going into their first campaign with Jamie Leggett in charge, having moved from Scotland, where he was replaced by player/boss Graham Finlay – will take on another unknown, as Uruguay take to the World Cup pitch for the first time.

In addition they’ll have to overcome Bulgaria and Cyprus if they are to match last year’s Quarter Final spot, but there is no doubt about the game that stands out there, and it is the name Argentina. Always synonymous with English football after the controversies in 1986 and 2002, the match will have extra spice.

The tournament kicks off in Crete on October 12th, and there will reaction from all three camps in the next few days.