It's that time again for English football fans - when expectation and anticipation crash head-long into reality, Germans and penalties on the biggest stage imaginable. This time round it seems as hard as ever for England, with a "group of death" consisting of Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica. With most of Brazil four hours behind, but some parts five hours behind, it's important not to get caught out with the times of the matches. Here's our guide to not missing any of the English action.
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England v Italy
When: Saturday June 14 11pm BBC Where: Manaus In probably the toughest cash of the group, England will meet 2006 winners Italy in the Amazonian jungle heat of Manaus. How well each side deals with the humid heat may determine the winner, but England will also have to deal with the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli and Gianluigi Buffon. The Italians notoriously over-perform at big tournaments, so even a point would be a good start for England here.
Uruguay v England
When: Thursday June 19 8pm ITV Where: Sao Paolo English football fans need no introduction to the brilliance of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez. However, the South Americans are not simply a one-man team, with Paris-St-Germain's Edinson Cavani and veteran Diego Forlan also world-class stars capable of causing England no end of headaches. This match could make or break England's World Cup - going into game three with no points is not an option.
England v Costa Rica
When: Tuesday June 24 5pm ITV Where: Belo Horizonte If the matches appear to get easier for England as the group continues, then the pressure will certainly be mounting if points aren't being put on the board. Costa Rica may look like the whipping boys in Group D, but they could surprise a lot of people. England generally struggle in the group stages anyway (and beyond), so a banana skin like Costa Rica will have to be sternly and seriously dealt with.
Should England progress from Group D, they have arguably the easiest group to contend with. They will face one of Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast or Japan, so some would say it's not a question of life or death whether England finish top of the group. Good job. Should they progress from the last 16, however, things get tough. You can't expect to win the World Cup without playing the world's best teams, and up against England in the quarter finals could be Brazil, Spain or The Netherlands. Ouch!
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