FIFA has announced the allocation of pots for Friday’s World Cup draw, with England, as expected, unseeded for the tournament in Brazil.
The host nation will join the top seven teams in world football, according to FIFA’s official rankings as of October, in Pot 1.
The two unseeded South American sides will join the five African qualifiers in Pot 2, with teams from the Asia, Oceania and CONCACAF regions making up Pot 3.
England are among nine unseeded countries in the final Pot, although one of those will be drawn at random and moved into Pot 2 before the main draw in order to ensure there is an even distribution of countries in each pot.
That team will definitely face one of the seeded South American sides, to eliminate the possibility of more than two European sides being drawn in the same group.
One team will then be drawn from each pot to form eight groups with four teams in each.
Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland
Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria
Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, USA
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia
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