Italian media rues England draw

Italy Azzuri

The Italian press have reacted with disappointment to the 2014 World Cup draw which pits the Azzurri against England.

Italy were dealt a tough World Cup draw yesterday being grouped with England, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

And the nation's press have reacted somewhat negatively to the task at hand for Cesare Prandelli's men.

Despite Prandelli's assurances that his side will be ready and that a tough draw could help Italy's bid to go the whole way in Brazil, the main sports newspapers in the peninsula seem worried.

La Gazzetta dello Sport insists that 'Italy pays' and attacks FIFA for the seeding system that allowed France to move to Pot 4 rather than Pot 2 and ended up handing Les Bleus a favourable draw.

The Corriere dello Sport labels the draw a 'scandal' and 'shameful'.

Italy can take heart from the fact that they drew 1-1 with the same Germany side that beat England at Wembley after which Germany general manager Oliver Bierhoff insisted the Azzurri were the stronger outfit.

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