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England coach Southgate: Egypt and Saudi Arabia pose threat to Russia

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coach Gareth Southgate believes it will be hard to predict the teams that will advance out of Group A at the .

Hosts will kick off their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on June 14. They will then play against , who will be making their first World Cup appearance in 28 years, on June 19 before facing Uruguay in their final group game on June 25.

“It won’t be an easy group for Russia. It’s hard to predict the two teams that will qualify,” Southgate told Al Arabiya satellite channel.

“Uruguay have a big history, but Egypt and Saudi Arabia are strong as well,” he added.

The 47-year-old coach said that the hosts may find it tough to progress to the knockout stage as they will face tough competition from group rivals Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“Russia definitely have an edge because they are the hosts but Egypt and Saudi Arabia pose a threat to them,” he added.

England will kick off their Group G games against Tunisia on June 18 before playing Panama and Belgium on June 24 and June 28.

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