Can you predict England’s World Cup group?

Ollie Irish

3rd, December 2009



“I’m getting the words ‘Group of Death’…”

It’s time for you to look into your Sepp Blatter-shaped crystal ball and predict which group England will land in tomorrow’s World Cup draw in Cape Town. Exciting stuff, eh.

These are the four pots:

POT 1 (Seeds):
Argentina, Brazil, ENGLAND, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Holland

POT 2 (Asia, Oceania and North/Central America):
Australia, New Zealand, Honduras, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mexico, United States.

POT 3 (Africa and South America):
Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Paraguay, Nigeria, Uruguay.

POT 4 (Europe):
Denmark, Greece, France, Portugal, Slovenia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland.

For no reason other than a baseless hunch, I’m going to say:

ENGLAND, Australia, Cameroon, Portugal


“Mama mia!”

That’s neither a Group of Death nor a gimme – somewhere in between but perfectly winnable.

Would love to hear your predicted group for Capello’s side…

Fletch says:


“If I was in Cape Town, the World Cup draw would get nae peace. Aye, I’d be biting its legs for the full 90 minutes – there’d be no let up. I’d be in Sepp Blatter’s face from the first whistle. Because that’s what’s going to happen…”