The World Cup draw was made last week and England’s group was met with despondency by the usual nationwide doom-mongering we have all become so accustomed to - then again, with the current performance of our cricketers in Australia it is easy to understand why sporting apathy is already sinking in.
But the presence of both Italy and Uruguay - as well as a very under-rated and underestimated Costa Rica side - makes for ominous reading if you are an England fan.
Well, at least the games should be a little better than the horror show that was England v Algeria in 2010 - one eyelid remains shut to this day.
But while England take on Mario Balotelli, Giorgio Chiellini and co in their opening fixture Uruguay take on Costa Rica - with an interesting little battle set to take place in that game.
Because there will be a mini Merseyside Derby going on amongst it all - between two of the most in form players on the Stanley Park divide.
Bryan Oviedo and Luis Suarez.
Oviedo has been a little revelation since coming in for the injured Leighton Baines - and has recently added a winning goal at Old Trafford to his career résumé.
Suarez - well you would have to be living in the Andromeda galaxy not to know the form he is in at the moment, and what a threat he poses to England’s World Cup chances.
Whether the pair are likely to come face-to-face often in the game remains to be seen - much depends on where they play.
If Oviedo, as he does for Everton, plays at left-back - and Uruguay play Suarez to the right of a forward three then yes, it really will be a Merseyside ding-dong down that flank.
But Suarez may play through the middle while Oviedo could be on the left- or right wing or in central midfield - such is his positional dexterity.
Regardless, at some point they will meet up - and with that Latin American fire brewing up alongside some Merseyside pride it will be a great clash.
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