If England are worried about playing their World Cup opener in the jungle, then how do you think the Amazonians are feeling? There will be enough scare stories printed about this supposed Group of Death to account for an entire rainforest. , the next day his boss Greg Dyke, who had already written us off until 2022, is slitting his throat at the sight of a fixture list. And the FA tell us it’s the press who ‘build ’em up to knock ’em down!’ Still it’s not as if Dyke is a former TV mogul who would have known there would be cameras trained on his every move… . Ratotti was delighted for Moise Kean after he scored in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United.It marked the Italy international’s first goal in the Premier League.On top of his goal, Kean produced a performance with plenty of hard graft and threat on theher than Geoff Hurst handing a ball to a FIFA blazer, a movie agent should have told Hodgson England’s fate as if he were casting for a Quentin Tarantino blockbuster. “So, Roy, your opening scene is in the Amazon. Dead of night. Mosquitoes, humidity, the works. There’s this maniac guy on the loose. Loves setting off fireworks. Drives into women’s prisons. Throws darts at kids. Total fruit-loop. Wears real kooky T-shirts saying, like ‘Why Always Me?’ We’ll call him Mario. “But Mario’s not the big villain. Oh, wait til ya hear about Luis. This guy, he’s got a taste for human flesh. But the best bit is he has a pathological hatred of Norwich! He goes on these frenzied shooting sprees. Proper psycho. He’d even like your space monkey gag ….” Yet beyond the silver-screen plotlines, England are capable of qualifying from Group D ahead of Italy or Uruguay, guaranteeing a half-decent last-16 tie. It may be a group which contains three of the eight countries to have won a World Cup but ancient history is bunk. If there is trepidation in England, they will not be gleeful in Uruguay or Italy either. The Italians went to the last World Cup as champions and finished bottom of a group containing Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia. They will not be swaggering into Manaus like they own the place. England have played Italy twice under Hodgson – won one, drawn one. , which Italy won on penalties after a 0-0 draw, has became the stuff of myth. Sure, Andrea Pirlo was outstanding but how mmidfielder Scott McTominay says he’ll always be grateful for the break former manager Jose Mourinho handed him.McTominay says he never felt comfortable, however, when playing for the Portuguese.“Jose Mourinho is a top man and the way he looked afteany goals did he create? England were out-passed and Italy had almost two-thirds of possession but Hodgson’s team suffered a midfield injury crisis, leaving Scott Parker to play 93 minutes with an injured achilles, that put him out of the game for six months. And for as long as possession stats have been recorded, England have been outdone on this criteria by all major nations. England had only 39 per cent when they trounced Germany 5-1 in Munich. When they defeated Argentina at the 2002 World Cup, they had 35 per cent. Watch the highlights of England 4 Holland 1 at Euro 96 and you’ll realise the Dutch had more of the ball then, too. So it might have to be a pressure-soaking job against Italy. Rope-a-dope. Perfect for a rumble in the jungle. Passing opponents to death is not the English way. Twenty years of quality coaching from the grass roots up and maybe that could change, but not before June. Yet England still win a lot of football matches. Largely through organisation, set-pieces and defensive fighting spirit. Hodgson is no route-one neanderthal, but he has a fine record of getting limited teams to punch above their weight and remains unbeaten in 14 competitive matches with England. Uruguay reached the last World Cup semi-finals – but needed a play-off to make it to Brazil. They possess one of the world’s most fearsome strike partnerships in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, who will threaten England’s suspect central defence, but they are fragile at the back themselves and were trounced 4-1 by Bolivia in qualifying. They will start as group favourites but will not relish facing England. Costa Rica must not be written off, having qualified well clear of Mexico. Although their star player, Bryan Ruiz, never plays above walking pace at Fulham. But while there should be no cheeky tenners on England, there is no need to commit hara-kiri either. Strike up the Pearl & Dean music, tuck in to a bucket of popcorn, because England are going to the greatest show on Earth. We might as well try to enjoy it.