When is the World Cup 2018 draw? Who’s qualified and everything else you need to know

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 05: Harry Kane of England celebrates after he scores a goal to make it 1-0 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Slovenia at Wembley Stadium on October 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)

The World Cup qualification play-offs are finally almost over and soon teams will be able to turn their attention to the draw for the group stage of the tournament. Sweden are the latest side to book their spot and with just a few places up for grabs, here is all you need to know about the upcoming draw.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE DRAW TAKE PLACE?

Fifa have confirmed the draw will take place on December 1, which is a Friday. The exact time has yet to be decided. The State Kremlin Palace is the venue for the draw.

WHO ARE THE TOP SEEDS?

England are among the second seeds for the tournament and are in danger of drawing a string of football powerhouses in the group stages. But, the Three Lions will at the very least avoid Spain.

TOP SEEDS

Russia Germany Brazil Portugal Argentina Belgium Poland France

SECOND SEEDS

Spain England Colombia Peru* Mexico Uruguay

HOW DOES THE DRAW WORK?

Thirty-two teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. Rankings have already decided which pot each team will be drawn from. England are pot two, while Russia go straight into pot one

 

Italy will not be at the World Cup (Picture: AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Source: Metro online

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