World Cup Draw 2014 LIVE - Who will England face in Brazil? - Live coverage - The Independent

World Cup Draw 2014 LIVE - Who will England face in Brazil?



BY JACK DE MENEZES

by Jack de Menezes
Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil, where the 32 teams have found out who they will face next summer.

England have been handed an extremely testing group after they were drawn in Group D against Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.

Re-cap:
  • Welcome to The Independent's live commentary of the 2014 World Cup draw in Brazil, where the 32 teams will find out who they will face next summer.
    12/6/2013 2:22:17 PM
  • 12/6/2013 2:25:34 PM
  • 12/6/2013 2:43:29 PM
  • Could England be drawn against defending champions Spain? It happened in the rehearsal draw...
    The practice draw put England in Group E alongside defending world champions Spain, as well as Ivory Coast and South Korea. In the current Fifa world rankings, England sit 13th, just four places above Ivory Coast with Korea ranked 54th.
    To see the practice run in full, CLICK HERE.
    12/6/2013 2:52:28 PM

  • England are currently in Pot Four. We say currently, because they could yet be moved to Pot Two...
    The draw for the World Cup will take place this afternoon with every side keeping their fingers crossed, hoping for a kind outcome. However, there is some confusion as to exactly how it will work, with England potentially being switched from Pot Four to Pot Two - a change that could lead to Roy Hodgson's side facing a tougher set of teams.
    To read more on why a side from Pot Four will be moved, CLICK HERE.
    12/6/2013 2:55:02 PM
  • Remember Fab? England's former manager Fabio Capello is here to find out who his Russia side will face

    12/6/2013 2:58:36 PM
  • 12/6/2013 3:01:27 PM
  • So how will the draw work?

    STEP 1: From the pot containing 9 European qualifiers, known
    as Pot 4, one team is picked at random.
    It is put in Pot 2, which has the 5
    teams from Africa, plus Chile and Ecuador.
    This ensures that all 4 pots now
    have the same number of teams: 8.

    STEP 2: The 8 teams in Pot 1 — containing host Brazil plus

    the top 7 seeded teams — are picked out one after another, starting with
    Brazil, and then divided into 8 groups, labeled A to H, with 1 team in each
    group.

    STEP 3: One of the South American teams that was in Pot 1 — either Brazil, Argentina, Colombia or Uruguay — is designated at random.

    STEP 4: The European team in Pot 2 is now put into that South American team's group.

    STEP 5: Pot 2 is emptied, with its 7 remaining teams picked out one after another and divided into the groups, with one in each group.

    STEP 6: The 8 teams in Pot 3 are drawn and put into the groups.

    STEP 7: The 8 teams in Pot 4 are drawn and put into the groups.

    Groups A to H now all have 4 teams.

    12/6/2013 3:06:45 PM
  • Group A - Brazil, Cameroon
    12/6/2013 5:02:57 PM
  • Group E - Switzerland, Ecuador
    12/6/2013 5:03:42 PM
  • Group C - Colombia, Ivory Coast
    12/6/2013 5:04:16 PM
  • Group F - Argentina, Nigeria
    12/6/2013 5:04:53 PM
  • Group G - Germany, Ghana
    12/6/2013 5:05:27 PM
  • Group H - Belgium, Algeria
    12/6/2013 5:05:51 PM
  • Halfway there. Time for Pot Three before we reach the important one.
    12/6/2013 5:06:44 PM
  • Group A - Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico
    12/6/2013 5:06:56 PM
  • Group B - Spain, Chile, Australia
    12/6/2013 5:07:39 PM
  • Group C - Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan
    12/6/2013 5:08:07 PM
  • Group D - Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica
    12/6/2013 5:08:53 PM

  • Booooooo! Boooooo! Mexico with Brazil.....boooooooo!CCGomezat 5:08 PM

    12/6/2013 5:09:05 PM
  • Group E - Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras
    12/6/2013 5:09:29 PM
  • Group F - Argentina, Nigeria, Iran
    12/6/2013 5:10:05 PM
  • Group G - Germany, Ghana, USA
    12/6/2013 5:10:58 PM
  • Group H - Belgium, Algeria, South Korea
    12/6/2013 5:11:15 PM
  • One pot left, and it's the big one for England...
    12/6/2013 5:11:44 PM
  • Group A - Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
    12/6/2013 5:12:05 PM
  • Group B - Spain, Chile, Australia, Holland
    12/6/2013 5:12:32 PM
  • Group C - Colombia, Ivory Coast, Japan, Greece
    12/6/2013 5:13:05 PM
  • Group D - Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, ENGLAND
    12/6/2013 5:14:04 PM
  • Group E - Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
    12/6/2013 5:15:05 PM
  • Group F - Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia-Hercegovina
    12/6/2013 5:15:45 PM
  • Group G - Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal
    12/6/2013 5:16:21 PM
  • Here's our comprehensive guide to each individual Group:
    12/6/2013 5:57:23 PM
  • FA Chairman Greg Dyke has been spotted making a 'cut-throat' gesture upon finding out England's World Cup group draw. CLICK HERE to see the video.
    12/6/2013 6:00:45 PM
  • 12/6/2013 6:02:19 PM
  • England manager Roy Hodgson: "Even Costa Rica are a very, very strong team. Jurgen Klinsmann was warning me how tough they are after playing them in qualifying.

    "I am still very positive about the whole affair, as you never know. You do not win football matches on paper.

    "You go out on each occasion 11 v 11. If you are well prepared you have a chance to win all three games.

    "We are here, we have an interesting group with three top-quality opponents. It will be a chance to see the north of Brazil, it will be a very interesting experience."

    12/6/2013 6:03:49 PM
  • In our previous poll, Brazil ran out winners with 22% of the vote, edging out Other (17%) Germany (16%), England (14%), Argentina (11%), Spain (9%), Colombia (5%), Italy (3%) and Holland (3%).
    12/6/2013 6:07:38 PM
  • Colombia fans celebrate being drawn in Group C with Ivory Coast, Japan and Greece

    12/6/2013 6:13:07 PM
  • Margareth Menezes performs before the World Cup Group draw

    12/6/2013 6:15:51 PM
  • Former England striker Gary Lineker is predicting an entertaining affair...

    12/6/2013 6:20:02 PM
  • Who would you nominate to represent England in the Manaus Beauty Pageant World Cup?

    12/6/2013 6:21:27 PM
  • Best of enemies? Roy Hodgson shares a joke with Italy manager Cesare Prandelli, while Capello and Klinsman lurk in the background

    12/6/2013 6:22:34 PM
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