Dyke has belief in England

FA chairman Greg Dyke is backing England to have a good World Cup, providing they make it out of their group.

Roy Hodgson's side will kick off their tournament against Italy next Saturday in Manaus before facing Uruguay on Thursday, June 19, and Costa Rica five days later.

"I think everybody is excited about the World Cup," Dyke told Sky Sports News.

"The danger is to not get yourself too excited and not think 'oh this is going to be wonderful' because it's tough, we've got a tough group.

"But if we can get through that group I think we've got a good chance of going quite a way."

Dyke believes Hodgson's side should not fear their group rivals but instead relish the opportunity of playing Italy and Uruguay.

"It's a tough group but they are good teams, Italy and Uruguay is going to be good football, it's good to play them.

"I was reading this morning that Tony Cascarino thinks Uruguay will be second in the whole tournament and he also thinks that England will get knocked out in the group, but then he is Irish so he would say that.

"It's going to be great, a great event."