LIVE update: England draw Group of Death - Suarez, Balotelli!

2010 World Cup opening ceremony

England will have representatives from Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and others in Brazil.

Copa do Mundo, that's one of the few words I know in Brazilian that are appropriate for publication, other than perhaps gringinho (little gringo) which, when I was last in the country, was told was an affectionate term for a foreigner…

The draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, staged for next summer, was held at the Costa do Sauipe resort and the ceremony began at 17:00 GMT after a lot of production and choreography until the groups below were filled with nations (now all filled).

Here Is The City updated the page every couple minutes to either a: reflect something bonkers at the ceremony or b: an actual draw but now, with England have drawn a Group of Death, the focus has changed somewhat…

England were slotted into Group D to take on a nation inspired by Liverpool's goal-hungry Luis Suarez and Paris Saint Germain attacker Edinson Cavani, both of Uruguay, and four-time World Cup winners Italy. Roy Hodgson's Three Lions also are tasked with tackling Costa Rica, who have Arsenal interest in Joel Campbell.

What makes matters worse is that England will have to compete in Manaus, an Amazon city apparently insulted by Roy Hodgson's comments that he'd like to avoid the area. The manager, in what is now in hindsight at jinxing statement, was told by the Mayor of Manaus that England were not welcome anyway as they'd prefer to host a better team - interesting!

Check out the groups below, who do you think will progress into the knock-out stages? Do England even have a hope of reaching the quarter-final or will they have to fly home after the first hurdle?

Group A
Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

 

Group B
Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia

 

Group C
Colombia
Greece
Cote D'Ivoire
Japan

 

Group D
Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy

 

Group E
Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras

 

Group F
Argentina
Bosnia-Hercegovina
Iran
Nigeria

 

Group G
Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA

 

Group H
Belgium
Algeria
Russia
Korea Republic

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