By the way. The draw has taken place for next year's World Cup in South Africa, and England have been given an easy ride to make it through to the latter stages.
They have been drawn in Group C, with USA, Algeria and Slovenia.
England have never played Algeria, either in tournaments or friendlies. England have played Slovenia only once - in September this year - in a 2-1 friendly win.
England last played the USA earlier this year, winning 2-0. Though the two nations haven't played each other in the World Cup since 1950 - England's first World Cup - when the USA minnows ran out shock 1-0 winners in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. US football fans still consider this their greatest ever win - and England fans consider their worst defeat.
And look at poor North Korea. They are the lowest ranked team in the tournament, and it is their first appearance in the tournament since 1966. King Jong-il has said that any match that North Korea loses will not be shown to the public in case it embarrasses the "Democratic" Republic of North Korea. And you have to laugh, because they have been drawn in the Group of Death, alongside five-time winners Brazil, Portugal, and the Ivory Coast (who are many people's favourites to win the World Cup).
A guide to England's 2010 World Cup opponents:
Any Famous Players? Captain Landon Donovan, Everton's Tim Howard, Fulham's Clint Dempsey.
Notable Moments in History? Declared itself independent from Britain on July 4th 1776. About time we got our revenge.
Produced anyone famous? Where do we start? Neil Armstrong, Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, Vanilla Ice (maybe not)....
So What Have They Done In World Cups? Managed third place in 1930, their most successful showing in a World Cup. Shocked England by defeating them 1-0 in Brazil in 1950, which many US fans still consider to be their country's greatest victory. Reached the quarter-finals in 2002 and lost 1-0 to Germany. This will be their sixth successive appearance in the tournament, but have not faced England in the World Cup since 1950.
Most Likely To Say? "Our offence was awesome and kept pumping it into their endzone. We were two-zip up at the first time-out and ended up whupping them suckers three-zip..."
Population: 34.9 million
Any Famous Players? Defender Antar Yahia is their star and Khamel Ghilas plays for Hull City.
Notable Moments in History? Gained independence from France in 1962.
Produced anyone famous? Philospoher Albert Camus (a former goalkeeper), and Cheb Mami, who collaborated with Sting on hit song Desert Rose.
So What Have They Done In World Cups? Never got past the group stage in 1982 or 1986 (though they were cheated out of qualifying for the next round in 1982 by West Germany and Austria), and have never played England.
Most Likely To Say? "What I know most surely about morality and the duty of man I owe to sport." (Albert Camus)
Population: 2 million
Any Famous Players? Milivoje Novakovic is considered their best.
Notable Moments in History? Only former Yugoslav state to join EU.
Produced anyone famous? Melania Trump, wife of US bilionaire Donald Trump, and Monkees legend Mickey Dolenz.
So What Have They Done In World Cups? This will be only their second World Cup as an independent nation. Their first, in 2002, was a shambles.
Most Likely To Say? "Slabo mi je kot a papiga, Brian..." (I am as sick as a parrot, Brian. "Smo bili ropar, Lawro!" (We wuz robbed, Lawro!"
Here are the groups for the 2010 World Cup. The top two teams in each group progress to the Last 16 of the tournament. The World Cup runs from June 11-July 11th 2010.
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