Goals on Sunday: Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend on England's World Cup draw
Tottenham stars Jermain Defoe and Andros Townsend discuss England's World Cup draw.
Last Updated: 17/12/13 10:57am
The Spurs pair are both expected to be a part of Roy Hodgson's squad in Brazil next summer but insisted it's time to knuckle down with their club football and forget about being on that plane...
A tough draw
England pulled a tough group for next summer's tournament and face a daunting opening fixture against Italy in humid conditions in the afternoon heat of the Manaus jungle. There is also the factor of the round-trip journey from England's base in Rio - around 5,000 miles - but the pair insist that the travel and opposition will not faze them.
JERMAIN DEFOE: "Any negatives I always try and pull in to a positive. It's not something I can dwell on and say we've got to travel and make excuses, it happens. We do it with our clubs and have done it this year in Europe. We've got to go there and perform, nothing changes. We've got to be professional and it's as simple as that. It's a tough group but I've always said to win any tournament you've got to play the top sides anyway and we're certainly one of those top sides."
ANDROS TOWNSEND: "It's a difficult draw but it's the World Cup if you want to get far you've got to play the top nations. Uruguay and Italy are top nations but bring it on I say!"