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England's Roy Hodgson hoping for Switzerland reunion in Brazil

Updated: Wednesday, 04 Dec 2013 13:43 | Comments

Roy Hodgson insists he is more concerned about the venues his team will play at next summer than the opposition
Roy Hodgson insists he is more concerned about the venues his team will play at next summer than the opposition

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Roy Hodgson always looks back fondly at his time as Switzerland manager, and he will no doubt be hoping for a reunion next summer.

The World Cup draw takes place in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Salvador on Friday.

England boss Hodgson insists he is more concerned about the venues his team will play at next summer, rather than the opposition.

But the 66-year-old will have surely cast an eye over England's possible opponents as he will tailor the Three Lions' build-up campaign around the teams they will face in the group stage.

Hodgson has been to a World Cup draw before, of course. The England boss ended Switzerland's 28-year wait for tournament football when he guided them to USA '94.

He did not do too bad once he got to the World Cup either, taking Switzerland through a group containing Colombia, Romania and hosts the United States before they were knocked out in the second round by Spain.

As England are not one of the top seven teams in the world, they are not seeded for the draw.

Switzerland are one of those top seeds along with Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium and Uruguay.

Pot two includes the African and South American qualifiers - Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile and Ecuador.

Pot two currently only consists of seven teams, with the number to be made up to eight ahead of the draw on Friday when a team from pot four - comprising unseeded European teams, England among them - will be relocated.

Pot One: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Switzerland

Pot Two: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador

Pot Three: Japan, Iran, Korea Republic, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras

Pot Four: Holland, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia, France (one country to be selected at random to join pot two).

Live coverage of the draw for the FIFA World Cup 2014 from 4:35pm on Friday 6 December on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (RoI only). 

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