England now know just who they will be playing in the World Cup next summer - and it could have been an easier draw. Don't believe me, check out the France group.
England have Costa Rica, Italy and Uruguay in their Group D fixtures - all three of which will be difficult for their various different reasons.
Personally I am pleased with the group. England usually get quite fortunate with their World Cup draws. Slovenia, USA and Algeria; Trinidad and Tobago, Sweden and Paraguay.
Our last genuinely tough group was probably at the 2002 World Cup where we took on Argentina, Sweden and Nigeria in what was dubbed the 'Group of Death' and that was the most enjoyable World Cup I can remember in my 24 years of existence (Italia '90 slightly passed my one-year-old self by).
Perhaps playing difficult teams early is actually a benefit. On their day there is no doubt that England could beat all three of those teams - and as much as this pessimism might help take pressure off our boys in Brazil, I am always an England optimist and think that they can still pull something off.
To be the best in the world we are going to have to beat the best anyway - and that is exactly what Jack Wilshere thinks.
He Tweeted his joy with the draw, suggesting he was ready for all comers in Brazil despite admitting it was a 'tough group'.
But his Tweet attracted a response from a cheeky team-mate.
And of course he was a German.
The Anglo-German World Cup rivalry has started early it seems at The Emirates, as Thomas Eisfeld cheekily Tweeted this in response.
Now be careful what you say Thomas. Ghana, USA and Portugal will not be pushovers for Germany either.
You know what they say about karma...
image: © Kieran Clarke