Southgate was part of the England team that defeated Tunisia 2-0 in the opening game of the 1998 tournament and added: "Remembering the Tunisia game in 1998, it was the first thing that went through my mind". We know that in the matches we have played so far - even against the very best teams - we have been very competitive. After two dismal World Cups in Brazil and South Africa, England simply need to be a quarterfinal team again and, in Russian Federation, they really should be. We have come unstuck against supposedly lesser nations in the past and we have had really good results against teams that would be seeded higher than us.
"They're ranked where they are in the world because of the quality they've got".
Chief News Reporter Bryan Swanson will be reporting from the Red Square in the build up to the World Cup draw, live on Sky Sports News from 8am.
"It is interesting to be starting slightly later, with what that means at the end of the season".
The majority of Belgium's "golden generation" ply their trade in England's top flight, with the team led by Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku.
Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan make up Group H.
If they reach the last eight, they are likely to face Germany or Brazil, but a quarterfinal appearance would be their best performance since 2006 and that should be the realistic expectation in Russian Federation.
"It's a hard group but we were expecting a hard draw because if you are in Pot 3, you are going to have some great footballing nations - like Belgium and England". The last two tournaments - Costa Rica went through in a group with us and then Iceland knocked us out. "Having played Brazil last month, I wasn't disappointed to be missing out on that game in the group because I think they're going to be one of the serious contenders", said the 47-year-old.
"They have important roles in important teams and they enjoy playing for their country".