2014 Fifa World Cup finals draw: England to play Italy
(BBC)—England will play four-time winners Italy, as well as Uruguay and Costa Rica, in Group D at the 2014 World Cup.
Roy Hodgson’s men open their campaign against Italy in the Amazonian city of Manaus on 15 June in the only World Cup game which kicks off at 02:00 BST.
England take on Uruguay on 19 June and play Costa Rica five days later.
Hosts Brazil are in Group A with Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia while holders Spain open with a repeat of the 2010 final against Netherlands.
England will have to travel 1,777 miles from their chosen base in Rio for their first match in the tropical heat of Manaus, which in the heart of the Amazon jungle.
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