2014 FIFA World Cup draw not kind to England, says coach Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson admits he would have preferred an easier group, but claimed he had already prepared for the worst given the quality of so many of the 32 teams.

updated: December 07, 2013 01:21 IST
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London: Roy Hodgson conceded England face a daunting task to qualify for the knock-out stages of the World Cup after being drawn in one of the strongest groups at next year's tournament in Brazil. (Read: Spain, Netherlands drawn together for 2014 FIFA World Cup)

Hodgson's side were pitted against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D and the England coach could only manage a wry smile when he learnt his team's fate while watching Friday's draw in Costa do Sauipe.

Even more revealing was the reaction of English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, who was seen shaking his head and drawing his finger across his neck in a cut-throat gesture that suggested he has little confidence in England making it to the last 16.

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