Bevington: England are ready

England's preparations for this summer's World Cup have been ideal, according to Club England managing director Adrian Bevington.

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Roy Hodgson's side touched down in Rio on Sunday after flying through the night from Fort Lauderdale following their goalless draw with Honduras in their last match before the World Cup begins.

And Bevington insists England - who are drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica - are glad to have finally reached Brazil ahead of the start of the World Cup on Thursday.

"I think everyone is just delighted to be in Brazil," Bevington told Sky Sports News.

"We really have had a great preparation so far. The week that we had in Miami I think was hugely popular with the whole set-up.

"I know the players particularly enjoyed it down there. We had a wonderful location and of course two very hard games which was the purpose of being down there.

"The objective Roy set us once the draw had been made was that he wanted to play two games in Miami because of the climatic conditions and he wanted to play the three games we had against Central American or South American opposition.

"It was good acclimatisation for the conditions we are going to face in Brazil but likewise it was good to land this morning in glorious sunshine.

"Travelling along the roads there is a lot of support and goodwill towards the team, the waves are lapping in and this is what Rio is about, this is what Brazil is all about.

"When we started this work (during the qualification campaign) two years ago this is what we were looking to achieve."

England are staying at a large beachfront hotel in the heart of Rio not too dissimilar to the type of location they chose in the Polish city of Krakow during the 2012 European Championship.

It is a stark contrast to the remote location in Rustenburg that England used as their base-camp for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa during Fabio Capello's tenure.

"I think we are building really on where we were two years ago in Poland, ironically it was ourselves and the Dutch, (who are also based in Rio), who were in Krakow," Bevington said.

"We had a very good experience in Krakow - the players had a lot of freedom and flexibility there. We were in our own hotel there where we were sole occupants.

"This is a different environment here. It's a bigger hotel here so there are members of the public wandering around so you feel that you are part of a World Cup from that point of view.

"I think we were very clear when we picked the base camp - we could have picked a retreat somewhere, very isolated as we have been at previous tournaments.

"But after discussing it with key people and Roy in particular at length it was apparent that at a World Cup in Brazil you've got to go to Rio and that was the general theme of it.

"More importantly when the players go off to training every day and they go to the wonderful setting that we have got at Urca for our training ground they will undoubtedly feel like they are at a World Cup in Brazil.

"And I think that is something that we aspired to from the outset."

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