England landed in a tough group for the 2014 World Cup. They ended up with 2011 Copa America champions Uruguay, Euro 2012 runners-up Italy and a tricky CONCACAF side in Costa Rica. They will also have to play their very first match (against Italy) in Manaus — the Amazonian city whose mayor said England aren't welcome after Roy Hodgson told the press he didn't want to play there.
Of course, all of this meshes perfectly with England's pessimistic view of international tournaments these days, so FA chairman Greg Dyke summed up England's draw by running a finger across his throat and laughing in the audience. In Dyke's defense, there were probably a lot of delegates doing the same thing in their minds while crying on the inside and planning the fastest route to the hotel bar.
UPDATE: England legend Gary Lineker chimed in with the following on Twitter just to drive the point home...
England have never beaten Italy, Uruguay or Costa Rica in the finals of a major tournament. Enjoy your weekend.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 6, 2013
How does England's group compare to the others? Check out the 2014 Group O' Death Scale.
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