sport news Spain's defeat by Russia opens up England's side of the World Cup draw

Spain's shock World Cup exit at the hands of host nation Russia has blown England's side of the draw wide open.

Russia secured a historic victory over Fernando Hierro's star-studded side after Iago Aspas and Koke missed vital penalties during the shootout of their last-16 tie on Sunday.

The result sees Spain join fellow big-hitters Germany, Argentina and Portugal in suffering an early exit and also means they are still yet to beat the host nation of a major tournament. 

Russia sent Spain home from the World Cup after winning a penalty shootout on Sunday

Russia sent Spain home from the World Cup after winning a penalty shootout on Sunday

Sergio Ramos cries as Spain's coach Fernando Hierro comforts him after their last-16 exit

Sergio Ramos cries as Spain's coach Fernando Hierro comforts him after their last-16 exit

The result has blown open the draw for England and their manager Gareth Southgate

The result has blown open the draw for England and their manager Gareth Southgate

For England, Russia's victory has rid their route to the final of another high-profile roadblock. The Three Lions are now the only team on their side of the draw to have tasted World Cup glory before.

And while the likes of Belgium, Brazil, France and Uruguay battle it out for one spot in the final, the other team taking the field in Moscow on July 15 will be one of Russia, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Colombia, Switzerland... or England.

RANKINGS OF TEAMS ON OTHER SIDE 

2 - Brazil 

3 - Belgium

7 - France

14 - Uruguay

15 - Mexico

61 - Japan

RANKINGS OF TEAMS ON ENGLAND'S SIDE 

6 - Switzerland

12 - Denmark 

12 - England

16 - Colombia

20 - Croatia 

24 - Sweden

70 - Russia 

There remain a number of dangerous sides in England's way, however, not least

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