December 6th, 2013 (InsideCostaRica.com) The official FIFA World Cup Draw 2014 took place in Brazil today, resulting in England being drawn in Group D to face off against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
The British Embassy in Costa Rica, in an emailed statement, said it was looking forward to the face off with Costa Rica.
“This is a very exciting moment for us in the British Embassy, since our staff is made up of both British and Costa Rican nationals. Costa Rica has a very skilful football team and we know that the match between our two teams will be a thrilling one.
The United Kingdom and Costa Rica already has an excellent relationship and there are several Costa Rican football players who are part of teams in the United Kingdom. We are confident that the FIFA World Cup will allow us the opportunity to deepen our ties of friendship even further,” Melanie Smart, Charge d’Affaires of the British Embassy in San Jose said.
England’s media were quick to categorise Group D the ‘Group of Death’ and Roy Hodgson’s side face an unenviable task. Italy looked a class apart in their quarter-final victory on penalties over England at the 2012 European Championship, while South American champions Uruguay boast a formidable attacking trident of Diego Forlan, Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez. Both Italy and England finished unbeaten in European qualifying, but English optimism has been tempered by recent friendly defeats at home to Germany and Chile. Uruguay won the last World Cup on Brazilian soil, in 1950, but they laboured in qualifying and had to come through a play-off against Jordan. Costa Rica qualified in second place behind the United States in the CONCACAF region, but they will have their work cut out.
AFP contributed to this report.