Geoff Hurst was a national hero when he scored a hat-trick in England`s 1966 final victory but he did his country no favours when he drew the former champions in one of the toughest 2014 World Cup groups.
Oribe Peralta bagged a first-half hat-trick to help Mexico book their passage to the 2014 World Cup finals with a 4-2 victory over New Zealand in the second leg of their intercontinental playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Wednesday.
After qualifying for the 2014 World Cup with two games to spare everything looked positive for Italy but doubts are creeping in after two poor displays mean they are set to miss out on a place among the top seeds in Brazil.
Famed Argentinean footballer Lionel Messi will lead his national team in the final double-match of the South American Qualifying Tournament that will decide who goes to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, for which Argentina has already qualified.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has admitted that Brazil may have been the wrong choice as the host for the 2014 Football World Cup in view of the social protests at the Confederations Cup held in the country last month.
The head of Brazil`s soccer confederation, Ricardo Teixeira, is confident the country will stage an "unforgettable" World Cup in 2014 despite the slow pace of preparations and disagreements between the government and FIFA.