/ 13 December 2013

32 Nations, Group D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy

There’s nowhere to hide in Group D.  With three clubs in the world’s top 15, and a fourth who can beat anyone (just ask Concacaf).  Uruguay will feel a little pressure playing as a seed, close to home, and with Luis Suarez at the absolute apex of his career.  England will feel pressure because they’re English.  Italy will feel pressure, but they’ve built their entire footballing strategy about turning pressure in on itself.  It’s going to get dicey; my picks: Uruguay and England (somehow).

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