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Charlize gives England a bye to the semis

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FRIDAY’S World Cup draw resulted in different trajectories for Charlize Theron’s presenting career and England’s hopes of victory in the tournament.

England were handed a path that already has most esteemed pundits predicting a semi-final exit against Brazil.

This is because they were drawn against the USA, Algeria and Slovenia, placing them in a Group of Life, avoiding potential opponents, such as Portugal, the Ivory Coast and France.

Portugal and Ivory Coast were drawn in group G, alongside five-times champions Brazil, in what has been dubbed the tournament’s obligatory Group of Death.

I disagree; Brazil should be far superior to Portugal and the Ivory Coast, and North Korea should return home with three heavy defeats and no-one back home being any the wiser.

I think the real Group of Death, if there must be one, is group D, containing Australia, Serbia, Ghana and a-weaker-than-usual Germany.

Although Germany should still progress, all the sides are capable of defeating one another and this is the true essence of a Group of Death.

And assuming they negotiate their group, it is one of these sides that England will face in round two.

Most groups, however, are Groups of Dearth (of talent).

But it is the beauty of a World Cup, indeed the beauty of all sport, that nobody knows what will happen.

Perhaps Jozy Altidore, Hassan Yebda and Robert Koren have been fooling us all along and are secretly world beaters.

Since England’s last semi-final appearance in 1990, Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia, South Korea and Turkey have all made it to the last four stage.

So nobody should be taking anything for granted yet.

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