World Cup 2014: England Squad Arrive In Brazil

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England will be based at the Royal Tulip Hotel, south of Rio’s city centre and will be training on a secure military base underneath the imposing Sugar Loaf mountain.

England open their World Cup campaign against Italy on Saturday, 14 June, a game you can see live on the BBC.

They then face Uruguay on Thursday, 19 June before ending Group D against Costa Rica on Tuesday, 24 June.

Saturday’s friendly against Honduras was delayed by more than 40 minutes because of a thunderstorm and England were on the end of some heavy challenges in a bad-tempered second half.

The squad and staff flew to Rio straight after the game.

Manager Hodgson was relieved to escape without any injuries and now has six days to prepare for the Italy match.

He said: “It has been three excellent weeks of preparation.

“The squad is growing stronger, they are bonding together very well and the mood is one of quiet optimism and a reasonable degree of confidence.

“That is all you can hope for.

“Now is when the real football begins and I am happy that we are in good spirits and the players have really done as much as we could ask of them.”

The tournament begins on Thursday, 12 June when hosts Brazil face Croatia in Sao Paulo.

There will be 31 matches shown live on BBC television and online, starting with Spain v Netherlands on Friday 13 June, with 24 days of live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live.

There will be live text commentary on all 64 matches throughout the tournament, available on the BBC Sport website and app for mobile, tablet and connected TV.

Gary Lineker leads the TV coverage and will be joined by former England captain Rio Ferdinand, Thierry Henry – a World Cup winner and France’s record goal scorer – and former Dutch midfielder and current AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf.

Group stage fixtures

G Date kickoff Team 1 team1flag team1score v team2score team2flag team2 channel venue
A Jun 12 9PM Brazil v Croatia ITV Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
B Jun 13 11PM Chile v Australia ITV Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
A Jun 13 5PM Mexico v Cameroon ITV Arena das Dunas, Natal
B Jun 13 8PM Spain v Netherlands BBC Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
D Jun 14 11PM England v Italy BBC Arena Amazonia, Manaus
C Jun 14 5PM Colombia v Greece BBC Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
D Jun 14 8PM Uruguay v Costa Rica ITV Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
F Jun 15 11PM Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina BBC Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
C Jun 15 2AM Ivory Coast v Japan ITV Arena Pernambuco, Recife
E Jun 15 5PM Switzerland v Ecuador ITV Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
E Jun 15 8PM France v Honduras BBC Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
G Jun 16 11PM Ghana v United States BBC Arena das Dunas, Natal
G Jun 16 5PM Germany v Portugal ITV Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
F Jun 16 8PM Iran v Nigeria BBC Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
H Jun 17 11PM Russia v South Korea BBC Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
H Jun 17 5PM Belgium v Algeria ITV Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
A Jun 17 8PM Brazil v Mexico BBC Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
A Jun 18 11PM Cameroon v Croatia ITV Arena Amazonia, Manaus
B Jun 18 5PM Australia v Netherlands ITV Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
B Jun 18 8PM Spain v Chile BBC Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
C Jun 19 11PM Japan v Greece BBC Arena das Dunas, Natal
C Jun 19 5PM Colombia v Ivory Coast BBC Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
D Jun 19 8PM Uruguay v England ITV Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
E Jun 20 11PM Honduras v Ecuador ITV Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
D Jun 20 5PM Italy v Costa Rica BBC Arena Pernambuco, Recife
E Jun 20 8PM Switzerland v France ITV Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
F Jun 21 11PM Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina BBC Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
F Jun 21 5PM Argentina v Iran ITV Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
G Jun 21 8PM Germany v Ghana BBC Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
G Jun 22 11PM United States v Portugal BBC Arena Amazonia, Manaus
H Jun 22 5PM Belgium v Russia BBC Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
H Jun 22 8PM South Korea v Algeria ITV Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
B Jun 23 5PM Australia v Spain ITV Arena da Baixada, Curitiba
B Jun 23 5PM Netherlands v Chile ITV Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
A Jun 23 9PM Cameroon v Brazil ITV Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
A Jun 23 9PM Croatia v Mexico ITV Arena Pernambuco, Recife
D Jun 24 5PM Italy v Uruguay ITV Arena das Dunas, Natal
D Jun 24 5PM Costa Rica v England ITV Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte
C Jun 24 9PM Japan v Colombia BBC Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
C Jun 24 9PM Greece v Ivory Coast BBC Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza
F Jun 25 5PM Nigeria v Argentina ITV Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre
F Jun 25 5PM Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran ITV Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
E Jun 25 9PM Honduras v Switzerland BBC Arena Amazonia, Manaus
E Jun 25 9PM Ecuador v France BBC Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro
G Jun 26 5PM United States v Germany BBC Arena Pernambuco, Recife
G Jun 26 5PM Portugal v Ghana BBC Estadio Nacional, Brasilia
H Jun 26 9PM South Korea v Belgium ITV Arena de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
H Jun 26 9PM Algeria v Russia ITV Arena da Baixada, Curitiba

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