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Footballers from around the globe share their reactions as we discover who and where teams will be playing, as England are drawn against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica

The draw for the 2014 World Cup took place earlier on Friday. England have been handed the 'Group of Death' after being placed alongside Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica.

Roy Hodgson's men will begin their campaign against three-time champions Italy on June 14, before facing Uruguay five days later and finishing off against Costa Rica on June 24.

Elsewhere, Brazil begin the tournament against Croatia on June 12, while there will be a repeat on the 2010 final between Spain and Netherlands on June 13.

But what did those who are going to be involved - and some more interesting spectators, think of the draw? Take it away, chaps.

"Tough group...but so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!!"
Jack Wilshere is confident enough. How will he feel after travelling hundreds of miles between games?

"Doom mongers out in force! Tough group but I'd still fancy us to qualify."
It's all above positivity, according to Michael Owen, who represented England in three World Cups.

"Tough group for England. Cannot see them getting out of that."
Meanwhile, everybody's favourite Twitter personality, Joey Barton, takes the opposite view.

Moving to to a more global view, it's far more hopeful all round.

"Hey, Cristiano, Pepe and Coentrao: i am happy to see you in brazil"
Mesut Ozil reaches out to his former Real Madrid team-mates, with Germany set to face Portugal, Ghana and USA.

"Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic, Russia. Interesting but tricky because there is no hiding for us, next round is a must.
"Good luck to all and especially to ourselves."
A captain through and through, Vincent Kompany is one of the first to call for focus.

"There's no easy match on the world cup, but effort and hard work always gives rewards! C´mon Argentina!!"
More sensible reaction as Sergio Aguero underlines the need for commitment

"Brother it's time again...that's how beautiful life is!! Can't wait...love u bro!!!"
Kevin-Prince Boateng will get the chance to play against his brother, Jerome Boateng, with Ghana and Germany drawn against each other.

"Buzzing about our draw! Opening game at the Maracana! Looking forward to it big time. Let's do it!"
Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is delighted by the draw with Argentina their first opponents at the world-famous stadium.

"We've got a difficult group, but the opening match of the World Cup against Brazil will be spectacular. I can't wait!"
Dejan Lovren and his Croatia team-mates begin their group-stage campaign against Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon in the tournament curtain-raiser.

"Really excited about the World Cup now the draw has been done! Come on #Nigeria."
Nigeria attacker Victor Moses will have to test his talents against Argentina, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Iran.

"Tough looking group for England but some exciting games to look forward to... Portugal-Germany and Spain-Holland in particular."
Meanwhile, the world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale, will be watching the tournament at home but is still relishing the summer schedule.

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