2014 Fifa World Cup: England's hopes hinge on venues - Hodgson

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Location is key for group stages - Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson says where his squad are based is more important than who they will face in the World Cup.

Hodgson will find out when and where England's group matches will be played when the draw takes place on Friday in Salvador, Brazil.

Unseeded England are certain to share a group with a seeded team and could play Brazil, Spain, Germany or Argentina.

"I'm more concerned by the venues than by the teams we draw," said Hodgson.

"You always hope the draw is going to be kind to you in terms of where you are going to be asked to play.

"There are venues in Brazil that will be harder to play in than others."

England qualified for the finals by finishing top of Group H but lost friendly matches against Chile and Germany as Hodgson looks to finalise he squad for the June tournament.

England have one fixture - a friendly against Denmark at Wembley on 5 March - before Hodgson must submit his provisional 30-man squad.

Hodgson was keen to avoid speculation over who England might be drawn against and says he is just happy to be involved.

"Maybe in terms of the teams you are drawn against some on paper look harder than others," said Hodgson.

"The draw is a time when speculation is rife and people have a lot of fun looking at the potential possibilities.

"It is a nice game to play but I have not involved myself too much in that, we will get what we get. The most important thing is to be there.

"We don't know how good Argentina are, we would all think 'blimey, Argentina are strong' but we don't know that. They might be no stronger than Chile.

"The good thing is that if we get Argentina, for example, we will be there and have a chance to play them and believe we can go out and beat them."

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