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England will look to avoid the "Group of Death" this summer
One thing England will be hoping goes their way, which they have no control over, is the World Cup draw.
As they are not in the first pot with seeded teams such as Germany and Spain, England will need some luck in being placed in a group that they will be able to escape from.
As B/R's Tim Daniels notes, they could be placed with Switzerland, Cameroon and Australia, a group they'd be expected to at least come in second in, or with Brazil, Portugal and the United States, where a last-place finish wouldn't be that implausible.
Though most Three Lions fanatics will pray for them to be in a favorable group, England are a side who often play down to lower opponents, as The Telegraph's Ben Rumsby notes that a Group of Death drawing could actually bode well for them:
The nightmare draw would be Brazil, France and United States, with the dream scenario probably a combination of Switzerland, Algeria and Honduras. England do have a history, however, of struggling to get out of easy groups and thriving in what appear slightly tougher ones.
England will be hoping for an easy group, but perhaps it'd be a more challenging one that would make them play their best football.