FA chairman Greg Dyke has explained the reason he made a 'cut-throat' gesture when he learned of England's World Cup opponents.
Mr Dyke said it had been a reference both to playing Italy and to the conditions the teams would face in Manaus.
However, speaking from a boat on the Amazon river, he admitted that the heat was "not as hot as I thought".
He also reiterated his discontent at Sepp Blatter's continuing as the head of Fifa, world football's governing body, saying it was clear that European football authorities were "very unhappy" with him staying on as president beyond 2015.
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