Roy Hodgson’s England face tough group in Brazil 2014 trial run.
England were handed a tricky group in Thursday’s World Cup draw rehearsal but avoided the group of death, which included hosts Brazil plus Italy, France and Australia.
The Three Lions were drawn alongside holders Spain, the Ivory Coast and South Korean in group D.
The dud group saw top seeds Switzerland pitted against Chile, Japan and Greece.
The real draw takes place at 4pm GMT.
GROUP A – Brazil, Italy, France, Australia
GROUP B – Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, Croatia
GROUP C – Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, Russia
GROUP D – Switzerland, Chile, Japan, Greece
GROUP E – Spain, Ivory Coast, South Korea, England
GROUP F – Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras, Holland
GROUP G – Germany, Ecuador, Iran, Portugal
GROUP H – Belgium, Algeria, Mexico, Bosnia