England has been drawn into one of the toughest groups at the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament and the ‘cut throat’ gesture made by FA boss, Greg Dyke, has signified his confidence in the team qualifying from that group.
England have been drawn in Group D alongside four times World Champions, Italy, two times champions Uruguay and Costa Rica.
It may also be recalled that Italy sent England packing out of last year’s European Championship at the quarter-final stage.
Immediately after the draw was picked, the FA chairman, who was present at the ceremony with England’s manager Roy Hodgson, was caught on camera sliding
his finger across his throat in a gesture that is universally recognised as a “cut throat” gesture implying that the England national team was in trouble.
Hodgson himself admitted England face a tough campaign at the World Cup next summer.
“It is difficult,” he told the BBC.
“There is no doubt with Uruguay and Italy we have almost got two number one seeds in our group.
Italy were very unlucky not to be seeded in the first eight. Of course we know how good they are because we lost to them on penalties in the quarter-finals of the European Championships.
“The good thing is that we know each other and the other thing in our favour is that the game we have got in the north, where the conditions are going to be tough climatically, is against another European team so we are both going to be in the same boat.”