Brazil friendly not about money

Kevin Kilbane is still optimistic about Ireland’s chances, whoever they end up facing after today’s play offs draw.

The draw takes place in Zurich at midday British time. Here the FIFA site talks us through some of the issues, including why “the ranking positions of the unseeded teams does not necessarily reflect their current form, as all four nations have claimed the runners-up spots in their groups with impressive and courageous qualifying campaigns.” And, in the Republic’s case, without losing a game, unlike, for example, Russia, Portugal, France or Greece.

Here’s an interesting book which anyone getting too over-excited about England’s prospects is advised to read.

And England’s forthcoming friendly against Brazil isn’t just about the cash, apparently. OK.

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