Earlier this week the qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia was made, and a one tasty tie was set up for two of the home nations, as England and Scotland were drawn together in Group F.
The first ever international match took place between these two, and it’ll be replayed twice on November 11 2016 and June 10 2017. Other teams in the group include Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.
Given the recent fortunes of the sides in Euro 2016 qualifying, both home nations will have a real hope of qualifying.
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England should hope to win the group and qualify automatically, but Scotland should consider themselves well in the running to finish second and go into the play-offs.
Should they make it and get a decent draw against one of the weaker second placed sides they could be well placed to make it to their first World Cup finals since France 1998.
In all likelihood, England would be very disappointed not to win the group, having been handed a favourable selection, avoiding the nightmare scenario of drawing France or Italy.
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Meanwhile Wales drew the Republic of Ireland in another all British Isles encounter, and will face off against Austria, Moldova, Serbia and Georgia in a seemingly open group.
Northern Ireland have a tough looking group including world champions Germany, Czech Republic and Norway.
Spain and Italy have also been paired together in a clash of the titans, as have France and the Netherlands, meaning there should be some exciting matches taking place over the next couple of years.
Football fans, is there a 'group of death' this year? Which do you think is the hardest group? Let us know in the comments box below.
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