England manager gives his thoughts on the World Cup draw
May 18th 2009 The draw has taken place and all the nations now know what they have to do to get out of thier groups and battle for one of only 5 world cup European slots available. The world of beach soccer grows ever more competative, and with traditional unfashional nations investing huge amounts of money into this form of FIFA's beautiful game to be successful, what might appear an easy group for England, will be much tougher than it appears. EBS asked new England manager, Jamie O'Rourke to give his thoughts on the draw. "I'm very happy with the draw. It couldn't have been much better for us but could have been a lot worse. I think a lot will depend on the schedule of the games and who we play when". "The Russians are a very well drilled and organised team and have established themselves as one of the top teams in Europe over the last few years, but we will be hoping to test their credentials early in the tournament although they will benefit from having played in the Euro Beach Soccer Cup before they arrive in Spain. The Andorrans played their first tournament in last years qualifiers and Kazakhstan are new this year. On paper we will be expected to beat both of these teams but I'm in no doubt that they will be strong and well prepared and both games will be tough". To match last years effort of reaching the last 16 must be our minimum requirement. If we can improve on that and make the 1/4 finals then we will be within 1 game of qualification to the World Cup in Dubai and that would be a massive achievement". Jamie. Follow Jamie on Twitter.