Ozil, Wilshere & more: Twitter reacts to 2014 World Cup draw

Mesut Özil and Jack Wilshere both tweet their thoughts after England are drawn in Group D in the 2014 World Cup draw

Jack Wilshere
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Nike

England will face Italy in their 2014 World Cup opener after Roy Hodgson’s men were drawn in a tough Group D on Friday.

The Three Lions, who were eliminated by the Azzurri in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals, will also take on Costa Rica and Luis Suarez’s Uruguay for a place in the last 16 of next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals after an intriguing World Cup draw.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere ‏(@JackWilshere) is relishing a tough group: “Tough group…but so what? If we want to win it we will have to play the best teams anyway!!”

Three Lions midfielder Michael Carrick (‏@carras16) wants to ensure he’s part of the England squad: “Was always gonna be a tough draw, great games though. Got to earn a place on that plane now…”

Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud (‏@_OlivierGiroud_) seems happy with a kind draw: “Switzerland Ecuador and Honduras for us!!!”

Germany international Mesut Özil ‏(@MesutOzil1088) can’t wait to see some familiar Real Madrid faces in Brazil: “Hey, Cristiano, Pepe and Coentrao: I am happy to see you in Brazil.”

Former Norwich City striker Darren Huckerby (‏@hucks6dh6) is worried by a certain Uruguayan after last Wednesday’s Canaries rout: “Horrendous draw, fu*king Suarez gonna kill us again! #Ncfc #Eng”

Manchester City captain and Belgian Vincent Kompany ‏(@VincentKompany) still feels his country have a tough test on their hands: “Belgium, Algeria, Korea Republic, Russia. Interesting but tricky because there is no hiding for us, next round is a must. #Belgium”

Belgium international Steven Defour (‏@Steven_Defour35) is definitely pleased: “Belgium Algeria, Korea Republic and Russia. Nice draw.”

Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen ‏(@TSorensen1) is happy for his team-mate: “Interesting WC draw. Tough group for England and great opening game against Argentina for @asmir1. Something to look forward to…”

Republic of Ireland and West Brom forward Shane Long ‏(@Shanelong009) is still disappointed that the Boys in Green won’t be in Brazil: “Wow, some tough groups there!! Between Group D & Group G for group of death!! Still sickened we’re not there!”

Milan and Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong (‏@NDJ_Official) can’t wait to face the reigning champions in their opening group game: “Exciting group, looking forward to our first game #Brazil2014 #Holland #GroupB”

Stoke defender and USA international Geoff Cameron ‏(@GeoffCameron) is “pumped”: “Pumped! Group G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana #Brasil2014 Excited, let’s do this USA!!! #USMNT”

Real Madrid and Wales star Gareth Bale ‏(@GarethBale11) will be an excited spectator: “Tough looking group for England but some exciting games to look forward to… Portugal-Germany and Spain-Holland in particular.”

Finally, Stoke and Serbia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (‏@asmir1) can’t wait for the tournament: “Buzzing about our draw! Opening game at the Maracana! Looking forward to it big time. Let’s do it!”

Group A

Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon

Group B

Spain
Netherlands
Chile
Australia

Group C

Colombia
Greece
Ivory Coast
Japan

Group D

Uruguay
Costa Rica
England
Italy

Group E

Switzerland
Ecuador
France
Honduras

Group F

Argentina
Bosnia-Hercegovina
Iran
Nigeria

Group G

Germany
Portugal
Ghana
USA

Group H

Belgium
Algeria
Russia
South Korea

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