18:09 Friday 06 December 2013

England to face Italy, Uruguay and Cost Rica in World Cup

Written byDOM MILLS

TOUGH ASK . . . Roy Hodgson's England will take on Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil TOUGH ASK . . . Roy Hodgson's England will take on Italy, Costa Rica and Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

ENGLAND will face the side that knocked them out of the 2012 European Championships, after being drawn alongside four-time winners Italy in the 2014 World Cup.

Roy Hodgson's men will also take on Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.

England open their campaign against Italy in the Amazonian city of Manaus on June 15 at an eye-watering 2am.

Uruguay are next up June 19 before the last group game against Costa Rica five days later.

Hosts Brazil are in Group A with Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia while holders Spain open with a repeat of the 2010 final against Netherlands.

Chile and Australia are also in Group B alongside the two 2010 finalists, while Germany face Portugal in Group G, which also contains Ghana and USA.

Argentina have been placed in Group F with Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran and Nigeria.

England have been handed a difficult group against three teams which they have never beaten at a World Cup finals.

Uruguay, who reached the semi-finals in 2010, and Italy, who knocked Hodgson's men out of Euro 2012, are ranked sixth and seventh respectively in the Fifa rankings while Costa Rica are 31st in the world – 18 places below England.

Group A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon.

Group B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia.

Group C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan.

Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy.

Group E : Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras.

Group F: Argentina, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Iran, Nigeria.

Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA.

Group H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea.

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