England have been drawn in an incredibly tough group for next year’s World Cup in Brazil, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is un-phased by their high profile opponents.
The Three Lions landed in Group D and will face Euro 2012 finalists Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica, probably one of the toughest groups.
Their opening fixture is against Italy in the north of Brazil at the Amazonian city of Manaus, and Oxlade-Chamberlain is remaining grounded despite the pressure that is already on their shoulders.
The England international feels that regardless of how the draw panned out, they would have faced tough opposition anyway such is the intensity of World Cup tournaments.
He told Arsenal.com:
It doesn’t really matter who we get, as it’s always going to be a tough draw. It’s exciting to watch obviously but once the draw is made, it’s the same outcome, you’ve just got to go out there and play a game of football against another good nation.
It sounds like it’s going to be a tough climate, but that’s something that we’ll have to take in our stride.
Once the draw’s been made it makes it even more exciting for everyone involved, not just the players, but also the supporters that are going to be travelling out there.
The opening Italian fixture will set the pace for England’s World Cup campaign, playing in the hot, humid city of Manaus will thankfully affect both sides and not just the Three Lions.
Both Uruguay and Costa Rica will provide difficult tests for Roy Hodgson’s side, however the latter should at least provide a full three points. But in terms of other pools, England have been drawn in potentially the most difficult group. They will have to really step it up come June after their recent friendly losses.
Don’t know about you, but like the Ox I’m frothing for next summers tournament!