World Cup draw: 12 unusual facts about England's rivals Tunisia, Panama and Belgium

World Cup draw: 12 unusual facts about England's rivals Belgium, Tunisia and Panama

England are to face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium

Friday, December 1, 2017

The World Cup draw for Russia 2018 has taken place and England are in a group with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium so what better time to bring out some fun facts.

England will start their World Cup campaign against Tunisia on June 18 and then play Panama on June 24 and finally Belgium on June 28.

You'll probably know a fair bit about Belgium, but less about the other two. So, to help you out, we've picked out 12 unusual facts to give you the inside track on England's group.

Tunisia

There is an area in the country called Matmat, where some people live in houses that are under the ground.

A popular dish in the south-west of the country is camel, and as you'd imagine, it is said to be very tough and chewy.

The country has actually been used for some huge films including Star Wars and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

When funerals take place in the country, those in mourning usually wear red rather than black.

Panama

It's the only country in the world where you can watch the sunrise over the Pacific and the sun set over the Atlantic.

US Senator John McCain was in fact born in Panama, however he was born in the canal zone which, in 1936, was part of the US territory

The population in the country is just 3.6 million and 1.5 million of these people live in Panama City. Sounds pretty crowded.

Its official currency is the balboa, after Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa. However because one balboa is equal to one US dollar, the US dollar is more commonly used in the country.

Belgium

It is believed by some academics that cricket actually originated in the north of Belgium rather than England. This is due to a poem written in 1533 which mentions "wickettes" and "king of crekettes."

The highest point in the country is actually shorter than the world's tallest building. The Signal de Botrange on the High Fens plateau is 694 metres high but the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, is over 100 metres taller.

There are more comic artists in Belgium per square kilometre than any other country in the world. The comic artists who created The Smurfs and The Adventures of Tintin both come from the country.

The motorway in the country can actually be seen from the moon due to it being so brightly lit.

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