Milner: Tough group may suit us

09 December 2013 07:31

England face a so-called group of death at next year's World Cup, but James Milner believes it could actually work in their favour.

Four-time champions Italy, two-time winners Uruguay and dark horses Costa Rica will join the Three Lions in Group D in Brazil.

Not only that, Roy Hodgson's side will have to travel thousands of miles and play in the sweltering heat of the jungle as they bid to make it through to the knockout stages.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke made his thoughts clear by sliding his index finger across his throat after the draw, but Milner does not feel England are doomed.

In fact, the Manchester City midfielder believes that Group D could actually benefit the team going forwards.

"It's not easy, but it's a World Cup and everybody has earned the right to be there," Milner said.

"They are all good teams, and if you go there with a so-called easier group, you might not come out of the box as fast as you need to.

"We know we have to be on top of our game in the first game of the group, and that could be an advantage, hitting top gear straight away, and then carry through the tournament like that. It could work in our favour."

Source: PA