Saturday December 7 2013
FA Chairman: 'There are harder groups'

Chairman of the England FA Greg Dyke is pleased to be playing Italy in the World Cup in Manaus.

The Azzurri’s opening game of the tournament in Brazil will be at 02.00 UK time on the morning of Sunday June 15 (June 14 local time), while the other Group D sides are Uruguay and Costa Rica. Click here for the full 2014 World Cup fixtures.

“There are easier groups, aren't there? But there are harder groups so that's OK,” Dyke told Sky Sports News.

“We were not keen to go further up north, to Manaus, but we're playing Italy there and it's a very late night game, so it might be OK.

“You've got to get acclimatised to it. You've got to stay there a bit longer. It's an acclimatisation problem. Other than that, I'm told it's a beautiful place.”

There are concerns about the heat and humidity in Manaus, which is close to the Amazon rainforest.

Italy Coach Cesare Prandelli has repeatedly called for water breaks during the 2014 World Cup games, having experienced the heat during the Confederations Cup in June.

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