THE anticipation was tense with so many questions and debates surrounding the four pots for the draw. Unanswered questions have now been answered. The wait for the draw is finally over. Italy was the European country which had to be switched over from Pot Four to Pot Two in order to balance the number of teams per pot.
Football’s biggest names arrived ahead of the announcement of the live World Cup draw including Brazilian legend Pele.
There are 12 stadiums in Brazil that will be used around the country. With England’s main camp based in Rio De Janeiro, games can be played in different parts of the country.
One place England would want to avoid is Manaus in the North West of Brazil. With extremely hot temperatures and a location which will take 4-5 hours travel time from Rio, this will certainly exhaust the players and affect their performances in matches.
England are 25/1 to win the World Cup in Brazil. Portugal are also equal on odds of 25/1 to lift the World Cup trophy in Brazil next year.
However the draw has been made and the eight groups have become official. Only time will tell who succeeds and who fails in a boiling hot Brazil next year.
The opening game for England will be against Italy on June 14, 2014 in Manaus. The match will be broadcast live with kick off being at 02:00 am GMT.