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2014 FIFA World Cup draw not kind to England

2014 FIFA World Cup draw not kind to England

London: Roy Hodgson conceded England face a daunting task to qualify for the knock out stages of the World Cup after being drawn in one of the strongest groups at next year’s tournament in Brazil. (Read: Spain, Netherlands drawn together for 2014 FIFA World Cup)

Hodgson’s side were pitted against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D and the England coach could only manage a wry smile when he learnt his team’s fate while watching Friday’s draw in Costa do Sauipe.

Even more revealing was the reaction of English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, who was seen shaking his head and drawing his finger across his neck in a cut throat gesture that suggested he has little confidence in England making it to the last 16.

Hodgson admitted he would have preferred an easier group, but claimed he had already prepared for the worst given the quality of so many of the 32 teams.

“It’s a tough group, there’s no doubt about that. In Italy and Uruguay it’s almost as though we have got two number one seeds in our group,” Hodgson told the BBC.

“Italy were very unlucky not to be seeded in the first eight. We know how good Italy are because we lost to them in the quarter finals at the Euros.

“There were not going to be many scenarios where we were going to be jumping for joy. It doesn’t surprise us.

“I suppose one positive is that we have only got one long trip, then the other two are in the same neck of the woods.”

Hodgson’s side will open their Group D campaign against Italy in the tropical heat of Manaus on June 14.

They then head to Sao Paulo to play Uruguay on June 19 and the final group fixture is against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte on June 24.

Hodgson has already confirmed England will base themselves in Rio de Janeiro for the tournament.

Manaus is a five and a half hour flight from Rio and is located in the Amazonian rain forest, with 99 percent humidity.

On the plus side for England, it is just over 200 miles to Sao Paolo and less than 300 to Belo Horizonte, where they famously lost to the United States in a 1950 World Cup upset.

“The good thing is that we know each other and the other thing in our favour is that the game we have got in the north, where the conditions are going to be tough climatically, is against another European team so we are both going to be in the same boat,” Hodgson said of the Italy clash in Manaus.

“There were many scenarios when I would be thinking this is going to be very tough for us.

“To get one that is a bit tougher doesn’t surprise me at all because there is a lot of travelling to be done in most of the groups.

“Our great advantage is being based in Rio means we only have one long trip.”

Italy beat England on penalties in the Euro 2012 quarter finals, while a Uruguay team featuring Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will also pose a stern test.

The bookmakers were quick to give a downbeat verdict on England’s chances, with the team drifting from 25 1 to 40 1 to win the World Cup following the draw.

While many fear England will be up against it, Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney struck a defiant tone as he assessed the draw.

“If we want to be the best, we have to beat the best. Tough group but really looking forward to it! Roll on Brazil 2014!” Rooney said.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere followed Rooney’s upbeat stance and wrote on Twitter: “Tough group. But so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway.”

2014 FIFA World CupTM Coverage to be Available to Merchant Maritime Customers via KVH’s Satellite Network

2014 FIFA World CupTM Coverage to be Available to Merchant Maritime Customers via KVH’s Satellite Network

KVH will deliver coverage of the month long tournament, which takes place in Brazil this summer, via KVH’s satellite network to merchant maritime customers, with the exception of passenger vessels, cruise ships, and ferries.

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fifa world rankings

fifa world rankings

If you want my personal opinion, then no, the USA will not make it out of their group bracket. But then again, stranger things have happened. At the last World Cup, the USA managed to defeat the “mighty” Portugal, so they have proven that they are capable of big wins in the World Cup.

However, this is a different kettle of fish. Italy have been known to slip up in group stages but this year, Italy are one of the favourites, are in form, and are likely to take at least 7 points from the 3 games. That leaves the US to battle Czech and Ghana.

Are the Czech Republic overrated? Not a chance. They were one of the strongest teams at Euro 2004, outplaying Germany, participating in the best football of the tournament in a 3 2 win over Holland, and narrowly losing to the winners of the tournament in the Semis. Czech are a dark horse to win the whole thing: they have Rosicky and Baros, Koller and Poborsky, Jankulovski and Grygera, one of the world’s best goalies (Petr Cech yes he’s even better than Keller, Howard and Friedel unfortunately), and they have the maestro Pavel Nedved of Juventus. They deserve to be rankes so highly even though the rankings mean NOTHING because Europe is the toughest place to qualify from and is the hardest place to get ranking points in.

The USA, on the other hand, may be ranked too highly. Like Mexico, they are in the top ten in the FIFA world rankings, but everyone knows that the US and Mexico are not amongst the world’s 10 best teams. Maybe 20. The reason is, North American qualifying is very easy and there are lots of easy wins against Caribbean nations in particular. Therefore, the US and Mexico accumulate a lot of rankings points and are ranked disproportionately highly.

Ghana are a force to be reckoned with. Along with Ivory Coast, they are the best African team at this summer’s cup, and may suprise everyone. USA will have a tough time avoiding their Italia 90/France 98 fate of failing to progress and failing even to win a game. The US does not have a good record on European soil; Czech and Italy are proactically playing home matches (both are Germany’s neighbours), and Ghana are full of world stars like Kalou and Michael Essien and Steven Appiah. They won the World U21 championship in the 1990s.

The US, like Ivory Coast/Serbia/Holland/Argentina, have a VERY TOUGH draw, almost unfairly so. I know you want to be optimistic, but chances are, the US will NOT progress.

Still, history has told us that anything can happen. Any two of these four teams will go through: I know you’re excited, but there’s no way of knowing or predicting anything accurately until the games are played. As Bruce Arena once said: until they find another way to decide these things, the games have to be won out on the field.