The World Cup draw rehearsal ahead of Friday’s real thing has seen Spain drawn with England in Group E.
La Gazzetta dello Sport has published details of the practice draw that sees Ivory Coast and South Korea make up the quartet in what on paper appears a very tough group for Vicente del Bosque’s reigning champions.
Interestingly enough, the rehearsal also threw up the usual group of death, with Brazil, Italy, France and Australia making up Group A.
The rehearsal draw in full was:
GROUP A – Brazil, Italy, France, Australia
GROUP B – Uruguay, Nigeria, USA, Croatia
GROUP C – Argentina, Ghana, Costa Rica, Russia
GROUP D – Switzerland, Chile, Japan, Greece
GROUP E – Spain, Ivory Coast, South Korea, England
GROUP F – Colombia, Cameroon, Honduras, Holland
GROUP G – Germany, Ecuador, Iran, Portugal
GROUP H – Belgium, Algeria, Mexico, Bosnia