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World Cup focus: Fordey's views

12 June 2014

Keeper expects conditions to be tough for European nations

The World Cup 2014 kicks-off in Brazil tonight when the host nation take on Croatia in Group A's first game.

England don't play until Saturday when the Three Lions take on Italy, but even before then there are some mouthwatering fixtures to be played, particularly Spain's meeting with Holland on Friday night.

One man who will keeping an eager eye on events in Brazil is Republic of Ireland international David Forde, who expects the heat and humidity to be to the detriment of European sides, particularly early in the tournament.

"Running around for 95 minutes or so does take it out of you with your hydration and everything else," the keeper told Lions Player

"They say that it won't affect them but you're playing against teams who have grown up there and are used to it.

"It's second nature to them, so it will take time to adapt and they probably will find it difficult."

Pressed for his favourites for the tournament, Fordey expects Brazil to thrive on the pressure of playing in front of an expectant nation.

"I'll be looking out for England's results and it'll be interesting to see how they get on. It's hard to look past Brazil, playing at home, and I think that will have a big influence for them.

"Germany always get to a Semi or Final so it's hard to look past them and Spain of late have been exceptional. They had two teams in the Final of the Champions League so I'm sure they are going to be very strong as well."

Watch Fordey's full interview here 

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