Much of the reaction after England were pulled into a group with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica was doom and gloom, however ex-England international turned Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville, doesn’t think the Three Lions World Cup group is too awful.
To be accurate, Neville was not celebrating the task facing Roy Hodgson’s team in Brazil next summer, however the former Manchester United defender could see a silver lining in the job ahead.
On monday Night Football Neville voiced his opinion that drawing tougher opponents may help take the pressure off England at the competition, while confidently gassing “I don’t think we’ve got anything to worry about with Italy”.
As for Uruguay match, Neville termed the fixture “fabulous” and predicted that England will rise to the game come kick off.
Neville capped his analysis by noting the Three Lions have a relatively decent record against big teams in group stages of major tournaments, citing wins over Germany (Euro 2000), Holland (Euro 96) and Argentina (World Cup 2002) as evidence that England can turn up against top teams.
Watch Gary Neville’s explain why Englishmen can be cautiously optimistic about getting out their 2014 World Cup group below.