According to England boss Roy Hodgson, where your squad is based is just as important as the games they will have to play.
With the World Cup in Brazil just months away, the draw for the group stages takes place this Friday, and although Hodgson is keen on getting a nice draw to give England the best chance of qualification, he is also hoping that their home-camp is something nice.
“I’m more concerned by the venues than by the teams we draw,” said Hodgson.
“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.”
The worrying thing for Hodgson and co. is that because they are unseeded, they will have to face seeded teams such as: Brazil, Spain, Germany or Argentina.
“Maybe in terms of the teams you are drawn against some on paper look harder than others,” added Hodgson.
“The draw is a time when speculation is rife and people have a lot of fun looking at the potential possibilities.
“It is a nice game to play but I have not involved myself too much in that, we will get what we get. The most important thing is to be there.
“We don’t know how good Argentina are, we would all think ‘blimey, Argentina are strong’ but we don’t know that. They might be no stronger than Chile.
“The good thing is that if we get Argentina, for example, we will be there and have a chance to play them and believe we can go out and beat them.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles