The World Cup draw has been made and the Tottenham players who will be hoping to travel to Brazil to play for their countries have had mixed fortunes. The England players face a difficult competition in terms of opponents, travel involved and the climatic conditions in Brazil.
England have been drawn in Group D with Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica. Kyle Walker, Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend, if selected, would face Italy in their opening game.
Brazil are in Group A along with Cameroon, Mexico and Croatia. Paulinho and Sandro will be contemplating an opening game against the European team who defeated Gylfi Sigurdsson’s Iceland team in the play-offs. Benoit Assou-Ekotto will be hoping to be included in the Cameroon squad.
Spain, the World Cup holders will play the Netherlands in their opening game, a repeat of the Final in 2010. The other teams that Roberto Soldado will be hoping to face in Group B if he rediscovers his goalscoring touch and is selected, are Chile and Australia.
This group has Columbia, Greece, Japan and the Ivory Coast.
Hugo Lloris’ France team have a favourable draw in Group E. They start with Honduras and will then play Switzerland and Ecuador.
Erik Lamela who is hoping to be a member of the Argentina squad for the Finals, faces matches against Iran, Bosnia-Hercogovina and Nigeria.
Germany will face Ghana, USA and Portugal in their group with Jurgen Klinsmann managing the US team against his home nation.
Tottenham’s Belgium trio will be pleased with their group which includes Algeria, South Korea and Russia. Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli will be confident of progressing from that group.
Two teams qualify from the Group stages to the knock-out stage of the competition which starts in June.