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In just seven days, England will kick off their

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state-of-the-art HQ, St George's Park, because this is where they

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have been preparing for the biggest football tournament on the planet.

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Good morning, everyone, welcome to the programme.

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Over the next 30 minutes, we will be telling you everything you need to

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It all kicks off in just five days time with

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the first match between Brazil and Croatia and I for one cannot wait.

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We have got an action packed show for you

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On the programme this week, we have got England fully covered

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with all of the latest news, in-depth preparation

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We profile the host country, Brazil, in the guide to every single group

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Plus commentator Conor McNamara begins his video diary.

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First, let's see what the World Cup is all about.

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The World Cup is an international football tournament

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that invites countries from around the world to compete for

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This year's event features 32 teams split into eight groups with

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the top two teams from each group qualifying for the knockout stages.

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From here, it is lose and you are out until the last two teams battle

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It began in the 1930s and has taken place every four years since, except

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Only eight countries have ever won the tournament with

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And this year's hosts, Brazil, have won it five times.

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England, well, they have won it once, almost 50 years ago.

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If they want to win it again, they will have to overcome

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It's Batty, he will join them, England again out of the World Cup

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The dreaded penalty shoot out is how games are decided

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if the teams are still level after 90 minutes and extra time.

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Germany has won four shoot outs in the World Cup, one of which has

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been against England, but some teams don't have much luck at all.

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England had taken part in three shoot outs in the World

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Here's England's top scorer in the World Cup, Gary Lineker.

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If you hit the perfect penalty, you know you have not hit it perfectly,

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because the perfect penalty is the one that is unfavourable, but

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no player on this earth is brave enough to aim for the top corner.

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and hit it slightly with the inside of my foot, the side of the foot.

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And I would aim about that far outside off the post.

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Naturally, it would bend that little bit anyway.

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And that was the one that I felt the best one I ever had was

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Because it absolutely came off exactly how I wanted it to.

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Never a more vital penalty for England.

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Coolness under pressure from Gary Lineker.

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The all-time World Cup scorer is Renaldo.

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No, not that one, this one, the Brazilian scored

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Brazil 2014 would be the fifth time the World Cup has been held in

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South America and on each of the previous four occasions, a team

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The last World Cup was held in South Africa and won by Spain.

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It was an amazing tournament with some incredible goals and just

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in case you haven't seen them yet, here is our top five.

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Tevez, closed down a little belatedly.

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He just has one Czech over the shoulder.

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Hello, I am John Watson, welcome to the BBC Sport Centre

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Without further ado, let's kick things off with the group stages.

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Group A are Brazil, Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.

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Brazil are the only nation to have played

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at every World Cup and have won the tournament a whopping five times.

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After winning last summer's Confederations Cup,

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thanks largely to some banging goals from Barcelona's ?48.6 million star

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Neymar, expect them to qualify for the knockout stages.

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Croatia's threat is limited with their main man suspended

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Mexico have used 47 players and four coaches just to qualify

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Samuel Eto'o was out of international retirement,

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but Cameroon are defensive and lack creativity.

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In group B, we're got Spain, the Netherlands, Chile and Australia.

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Current World Cup and European champions Spain qualified for

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the finals unbeaten and are obvious contenders for the knockout stages.

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The Netherlands were the 2010 World Cup final.

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Look out for Ajren Robben or Robin Van Persie under

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the watchful eyes of the soon-to-be Manchester United boss.

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Barcelona's Alexi Sanchez fronts up the Chilean side full of South

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American flair while Australia's focus is firmly on youth.

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It is all to play for in group C with Colombia, Greece,

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Colombia should be used to the heat, but their star man is out

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All eyes will be on Monaco's ?37 million James Rodriguez to keep

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Manchester City's Yaya Toure who will want to take

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his winning form into this summer for the Ivory Coast.

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Greece only conceded four goals in the qualification campaign.

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Japan could be group C's surprise package

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after breezing through qualification with 17 points and 16 goals.

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Group D is all about England, so I will hand that one back to you,

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Leah, but fear not, I'll be back later with the rest of the groups.

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Just last week, the England squad were right here

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at St George's Park preparing at this state-of-the-art gym.

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They arrive in Brazil tomorrow, but before they flew halfway

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around the world, we brought them face-to-face with themselves.

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Now, Roy's boys have a lot on their minds at the moment,

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but we thought they could do with something to help them relax.

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Here they are with a special surprise from artist, Steve Welsh.

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Being asked to illustrate individual portraits for every member

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of the 23 England squad, which has proved quite a challenge, really.

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They even got a gap in my front two teeth!

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A great football illustration says not only something about the player,

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but maybe also the country he comes from, his style of play.

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That should be something in that picture that is emotive,

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something that people can connect with, because that is what they do

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The nose looks a bit big, though, it is big!

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We have covered England, but what about their group D opponents,

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you've got Uruguay, Italy and Costa Rica, so it has to be said, group D!

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Every four years, we hope, we expect.

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I hope everyone at home is ready for this.

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Let's be honest, we always think we will win the World Cup.

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Yes, of course I believe that we can win the World Cup. It will not be

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easy this year. We are in group D. First up, Italy, strong, organised.

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They knocked us out of the European Championships. Let's get off to a

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good start. Let's not throw it away. A nightmare moment for Rob Green!

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Next up, Uruguay. The last time the World Cup was held in Brazil, we won

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it. They have got the best players in the world, Luis Suarez, we know

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about him. What a goal! Next up, Costa Rica. They qualified with two

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games to go, they had one of the best defensive record in qualifying.

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We will have to be at our best. There we have it. The dangerous

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group D. Approach with caution. We can do it, we are England, we never

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stop believing. It doesn't hurt to dream. The England boys will have to

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face some serious travelling, so it is time to find out more about

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Brazil, the host country, with our expert, Tim Vickery. You can fit the

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UK into Brazil 35 times! Now, I believe the rest to Tim. Brazil is

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not just a country, it is a continent, it is absolutely huge. It

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is one of the biggest countries in the world. That has an effect on the

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World Cup, because this is winter in Brazil. Winter in Brazil in the

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south of the country, that can get quite chilly now and then.

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England have a lot of travelling to do.

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But the first game is right up in the other end of country, Manaus.

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the country it is a city on the edge of the Amazon.

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England's other two games are much closer to Rio.

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One is in Belo Horizonte and one is in Sao Paolo.

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One piece of bad news about Belo Horizonte - in 1950,

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about that is the first time England entered the world cup.

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It is still considered the biggest surprise

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One of the things the England team have been focusing

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I have Ian with me, who is a strengthening

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What are they having to deal with out there?

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Luckily, we have got the humidity chamber in there.

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We will get you in there and get you on the bike and expose

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you to the same sort of the environment the guys will be exposed

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Basically, when we get out in the chamber,

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we will be working in a normal environment, so 21% which is exactly

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But the most important thing we are looking at is the humidity.

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At the moment in the chamber, it is 70%.

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And we are at a temperature of 30 degrees.

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Yes, really, really humid, really sticky.

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How well the players hope with playing in Manaus in heat like this?

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Your body gets used to temperatures like this by sweating but when you

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have got to humid environment, your body cannot cool down effectively.

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When you sweat more, you start to lose more water so you

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The most important thing is hydration.

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You have to know how to hydrate effectively.

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At the moment, I just feel like the temperature in here has gone up.

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I feel like my mouth is completely dried out.

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How do you cope with that when you are on the pitch?

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You will probably find when the World Cup starts,

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there will be a lot of water bottle is located around the pitch.

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I think I have done enough in this heat chamber.

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Let's head out and see what else we have got.

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I have only been in there for five minutes.

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The England players will be on the pitch for 90 minutes.

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Group B includes Switzerland, Ecuador, France and Honduras.

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Mine clean sheets in 15 games gives Switzerland every chance of success

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while Man Utd's Antonio Valencia and Jefferson Montero provides

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Winners in 1998, runners up in 2006 and semifinalists

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Only once have France got to the knockout stage.

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Outside of Europe, Benzema, Ribery, Giroud -

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Outsiders on jurors would shock the world if they managed to

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qualify them but don't underestimate the hot and humid factor.

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Group F is all about Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina,

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Higuain and Sergio Aguero with Lionel Messi behind,

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You could put your lunch money on Argentina winning this group

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mention Bosnia make their World Cup debut with Man City player

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Iran striker have only conceded twice in the qualifying campaign.

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But they lack the big names and experience to see them through

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It leaves many expecting Nigeria t put in a big performance with these

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three players expected to put in a powerhouse performance.

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One, two, three, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

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I'm off to Brazil to commentate on the World Cup for BBC sport.

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Just making sure I have everything I need for the journey.

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I will be travelling the equivalent distance

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I don't want to leave something really important at home.

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I'll make sure the crowd doesn't drown out the sound.

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Different headphones, different cables.

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If you meet someone famous and you don't have all your kit

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ready, you might have to end up interviewing someone on the phone

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This little camera I will bring with me.

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I will record little video diaries to send back to you.

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My first game is a replay of the final last time, Spain against

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the Netherlands and hopefully, with this small camera, I will be able to

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Right now, England are preparing for their final warm up match

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So, for the players who made the squad of 23,

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they will be thinking about whether they will make the starting 11.

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Here is only one topic of conversation

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Who Roy Hodgson will pick for England's enormous opener

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against Italy in the World Cup next Saturday.

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We have brought the debate into the classroom to settle it.

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They's lesson is how to pick an England team who can win

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He is the best left back in the country.

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He might get moved out by quality opposition.

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James is a versatile player and never let's you down.

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This one should be more straightforward.

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He has the pace to deal with top strikers.

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Some people are saying this is our most exciting midfield we have

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A lot of names flying around but who will inject the pace we need?

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This player can be just as dangerous.

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I would hate to have him running at me.

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I'm not sure what formation all these midfielders are

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He is one of the first names on the team sheet.

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Yes, but Sturridge scored well last season.

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I guess I better turn this lot into a team.

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We have been through all the various possibilities

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The future is looking bright for England at the moment.

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They have young stars in their squad for Brazil

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And England's under 17s recently won the European championship.

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One man who helped with that was Kenny Swain.

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it must have been a proud moment when

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We have been to three European Championships in the last eight

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It is a thriving part of the system, the early years,

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but developing all the way through is the most difficult bit.

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Once they get to 18, 19, 20, they are the difficult years, we find.

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How excited are you about the next generation of England players?

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We are thrilled to bits with the way things are going.

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There is something like six or seven boys on the flight to Miami and I

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kind say confidently that the next four or five years, we have some

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talented players coming through. Groups G is for Germany, Portugal,

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Ghana and the US. The Germans scored 36 times in ten matches. This player

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is closing in on the now though. And talking of him, Cristiano's runout

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bash Portugal will be hoping to go one better than the last 16. Expect

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goals from Ghana whose godmother and any other African nation and look

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out for the return of Michael hessian. Clint Dempsey leads the

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line that the US. And group H, Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South

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Korea. Yes, Belgium have emerged as definite ones to watch this summer.

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These players have it. Algeria have every chance of qualifying from a

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very open group. This player has been described by Arsene Wenger as a

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physical beast. The Russian team have nine players who boast more

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than 40 caps each. South Korea are no longer the whipping boys of Asia

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and are expected to qualify, having done so in the last two tournaments.

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It is hot, humid, and all kicking off on Thursday. Get excited. So, I

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think I have covered most bases but as it is the biggest or the mint in

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the world, there is always so much more so here is Martin with the very

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latest World Cup news, including more on the mascot. Thanks. There

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are only five days left until the World Cup starts. So excited. But if

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you think I am happy, meet the mascot. As you can see, he is full

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of fun and is well and truly getting the party started. Here is the

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official ball the players will be using in the tournament. It feels a

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lot lighter than normal football. If you come up close, but ball is

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covered in these little dimples, just like a volleyball. Very cool.

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We have been keeping a close eye on the tournament. The Brazil players

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seem to be taking things every easily. Here they are on the beach

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playing a game of headers. Talk about confident. Check out this

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penalty during a team train session. It is all right doing it in

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training, but can you do it in a real game? That is it for the news.

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Goodbye. So, that is it, we have run out of time. The World Cup starts in

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Brazil in five days. I can't believe I am going but I will be sharing

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everything I see with you guys. We'll be here every Saturday at ATM

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on CBBC. These guys are ready, I am ready, I will see you next week. --

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every Saturday at eight o'clock on CBBC.

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