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World Cup draw: England face Italy, Holland v Spain

Vicente del Bosque's men will meet their old foes again, while hosts Brazil will have to deal with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon

Reigning champions Spain have been paired with Netherlands, Chile and Australia in Group B of the 2014 World Cup.

Hosts Brazil, meanwhile, were drawn alongside Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon, while Euro 2012 runners-up Italy will have to deal with Uruguay, England and Costa Rica in Group D.

Group C promises to be an even battle, with dark horses Colombia having been bracketed with Greece, Cote d'Ivoire and Japan, while Group E consists of Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras.

Argentina and Nigeria meet again in Group F, after previously locking horns at the 2010 World Cup, with Iran and debutants Bosnia-Herzegovina completing their section.

Finally, Germany will take on Portugal, Ghana and USA in a strong-looking Group G, with Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea making up Group H.

Next summer's tournament will kick off on June 12 in Sao Paulo, with hosts Brazil meeting Croatia in the opening game.

The group stage comes to an end on June 26, with the first games of the round of 16 to take place only two days later in Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro.

The four quarter-finals will then be staged on July 4 and 5, while the semi-finals take place on July 8 and 9 and the 2014 World Cup winners will be crowned on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

GROUP A


  Brazil
  Croatia
  Mexico
  Cameroon
GROUP B


  Spain
  Netherlands
  Chile
  Australia
GROUP C


  Colombia
  Greece
  Cote d'Ivoire
  Japan
GROUP D


  Uruguay
  Costa Rica
  England
  Italy
GROUP E


  Switzerland
  Ecuador
  France
  Honduras
GROUP F


  Argentina
  Iran
  Bosnia-Herzegovina
  Nigeria
GROUP G


  Germany
  Portugal
  Ghana
  USA
GROUP H


  Belgium
  Algeria
  Russia
  South Korea

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