#Emmlaw 2014 World Cup Group Draw Results: Ghana & England get Nightmare groups as Nigeria & Cote d’IVoire gets the Edge

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

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Author: Emmlaw

Nigerian, Black & Proud

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