“I was with my England (group c wc2010) and Chelsea team-mates Frank (Lampard), Joe (Cole) and Ashley (Cole) watching the draw.
“We had just landed at Manchester ahead of our match against Manchester City and watched the teams drawn from the bus on our way to the team hotel.
“It’s obviously very exciting with some great fixtures.
“As far as England are concerned we are familiar with two of our opponents – USA and Slovenia – and know their players well. Hopefully this will help us prepare for those games. England have never played Algeria and of course they got through to the finals with a play-off victory over Egypt.
“But for me, it’s all about that first game and getting off to a good start. Every team’s opening group match is important and we’re no different – it’s a big game.”
England (group c wc2010)
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