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John Terry and Steven Gerrard happy with World Cup draw

Steven Gerrard

England's top footballers think the 2010 World Cup draw in South Africa has helped the team's victory bid.

John Terry said: "We can make history". Terry was also pleased to have avoided a group packed with other top nations.

"We didn't want to end up in a group of death - and when you look at the Germany and Brazil groups it could have been much worse," he added.

Steven Gerrard was also happy, saying: "I am really encouraged by the draw, it is all we could ask."

England's group 'not so bad' - Capello

Gerrard told a newspaper: "We have played two of the sides in our group under Fabio Capello - and beaten them. So we know what to expect and we know what we have to do to beat them."

Although England will looking forward to group matches against America, Slovenia and Algeria the second round does look more difficult, should England qualify for it.

If England do make round two they'll take on Germany, Ghana, Serbia or Australia and all of those teams will be very tough opponents.

Here's who will be playing who in the Group stages of the World Cup.

Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France

Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, South Korea, Greece

Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia

Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana

Group E: The Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon

Group F: Italy, Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia

Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal

Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile