English media, English fans and some English football pundits alike have, and are still, labelling England's World Cup group as the group of 'terror'.

But is it really that bad for the Three Lions?

Group D, which is England's group, consists of Uruguay, Costa Rica, England and Italy. There is no doubt that Italy and Uruguay will provide stern tests for the English to overcome, and maybe Costa Rica might pull something out of their hats as well and attempt to surprise the English in their bid to reach the knockout stages.

Of course, that's every team's common goal, to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup and then proceed to the next stage.

But do the English have that much to worry about, as opposed to fans of the German, Portuguese, Ghanaian and USA international football teams respectively? That is also a tough group and seems much more terrifying than one that consists of Costa Rica.

Don't get me wrong, Costa Rica are a formidable side and I saw them play when they were in Australia for an international friendly and lost 1-0 courtesy of a Tim Cahill goal which lifted the Socceroos' hopes under new coach Ange Postecoglou, but, at the moment, a side like Costa Rica do not seem to be as much as a threat than that of Ghana, for example.

But, then again, it is on South American soil, which can indeed provide a stern test for the English and the Italians alike when they come face-to-face with the respective South American nations.

So, is England's group as bad as some say? Yes, I think so, but it's better to be optimistic than to be pessimistic. If they get through, it's an achievement, if not they can bow out with some pride.

There's no need to discuss the group that contains Spain, Chile, Netherlands and Australia. It's a real gamble, with three quality sides and one side that's rebuilding from a woeful run of two consecutive 6-0 losses to France and Brazil respectively. Anything could happen for any side. That is a difficult group for all sides, no doubt. (Group B)

Group E, which contains Honduras, Ecuador, France and Switzerland seems to be a group that looks to favour the European sides above anything else and also looks unevenly matched.

Group A, which consists of Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon looks to be the group of dark horses, with Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon boasting decent football talents and proving to be a stern test for one another.

However, no matter what, none of these sides should really trouble Brazil, who have looked to be on the top of their game since the Confederations Cup and should have no problem topping their group.

Group C looks to be the group of decent sides from most aspects of the world in the names of Colombia, Cote d'Ivoire, Japan and Greece. This will prove to be a tough group for all, and can be seen as a certain group of death by some if the sides are not confident in the lead up to the world's largest international sporting tournament.

Group F, which consists of Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria seems to be one of the easier groups, which boasts a South American and European winner of that group.

Group H, which reads Belgium, Russia, Algeria and Korea Republic is also another group in which you could see an African nation progressing along with one European nation, two European nations, one African nation and one Asian nation, or one European and one Asian nation.

So far, by the looks of it, Group G (Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA), Group B (Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia), Group D (Italy, England, Costa Rica, Uruguay) are the standout groups that seem to be the groups of death, where as the rest have unlimited potential to surprise spectators in Brazil in a few months time.

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