England have been handed a nightmare draw for next summer’s World Cup, being placed in Group D alongside Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.
Roy Hodgson’s men qualified as group winners, but went unseeded into today’s draw.
They avoided the likes of holders Spain, hosts Brazil and 2010 finalists Holland, but will play Italy in Manaus where there is 99% humidity.
The opening game of the World Cup will see hosts Brazil take on Croatia.
Group A: Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
Group B: Spain, Chile, Australia, Holland
Group C: Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece
Group D: Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England
Group E: Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
Group F: Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia
Group G: Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal
Group H: Belgium, Algeria, South Korea, Russia
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke explains the rather complicated draw procedure. 11:50 a.m.: Vanessa da Mata and Alexandre Pires performed one of the many musical interludes and did very, very well. If anyone knows the name of the song they sang (it’s a surefire hit), let us know on Twitter @Emmlaw