The FIFA draw for the 2014 World Cup qualifying groups was held today, and France managed to get a fairly easy group – but England are in the same group as Italy and Uruguay.
Yohan Cabaye in French blue – should be pleased with the draw
The fourth team in England’s group is Costa Rica, who are a decent side, but france have drawn Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, so the Newcastle french players will be happy enough with that draw.
England will do well now to qualify for the knock-out stages of this tournament, but France must have a more than decent chance of progressing from their group.
Here is the full draw:
Group A – Brazil, Cameroon, Mexico, Croatia
Group B – Spain, Chile, Australia, Netherlands
Group C – Columbia, Cote D’Ivoire, Japan, Greece
Group D – Uruguay, Italy, Costa Rica, England
Group E – Switzerland, Ecuador, Honduras, France
Group F – Argentina, Nigeria, Iran, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Group G – Germany, Ghana, USA, Portugal
Group H – Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic, Russia
And the USA had a tough draw in Group G, with Portugal and Germany in the same group, and the Yanks could have trouble progressing to the group stages under manager Jurgen Klinsmann.
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