With an easy run of fixtures lined-up at the start of the tournament the two-time winners rate a solid bet for a third triumph next summer.
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While England were drawn in arguably the group of death, which countries ducked and dived their way to a fortuitous World Cup draw?
While Group D is by no means the mini-league of death, Roy Hodgson will be less than delighted with the draw.
Mexico, USA and Japan are the danger sides in the Asia and North America section.
The Three Lions will face a South American superpower and a European rival if moved.