Roy Hodgson Turns to Forrest Gump for England World Cup Draw Analysis

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Roy Hodgson Turns to Forrest Gump for England World Cup Draw Analysis
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England manager Roy Hodgson has summoned the spirit of Forrest Gump in his analysis of his country's World Cup draw hopes, as Martyn Herman of Reuters reported (via

Steven Gerrard and his teammates will discover their group-stage opponents for the finals in Brazil on Friday when the World Cup draw gets underway.

Hodgson will fly out to Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday to attend the draw, but he drew inspiration from Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning character (via to outline his views on potential opponents:

We will hope for the best but it is like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates.

We will open it up and see what we get, then try and digest it.

More seriously, however, Hodgson is keen to avoid a draw which will see England play in northern Brazil where temperatures will be higher than in the more southern area of the South American country.

You always hope the draw is going to be kind to you in terms of where you are going to be asked to play.

There are venues in Brazil that will be harder to play in than others.

Maybe in terms of the teams you are drawn against, some on paper look harder than others, but I'm more concerned, if anything, by the venues than by the teams we draw.

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