The 32 nations who will participate at next summer's World Cup are now confirmed, FIFA have confirmed the composition of the four pots from which the teams will be drawn to make the eight groups. The draw itself will take place in Moscow's Kremlin (18:00 start in Russia on 1 December).
The host nation and the current world champions Germany are both in the pot reserved for top seeds and are joined by Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France. The seeding is based on the current FIFA world ranking which in consequence sees Spain placed in pot 2.
👀 Here's how the pots shake out for the draw on December 1st. pic.twitter.com/XjFVN52qYP— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 16, 2017
The second tier pot sees 'La Roja' joined by the likes of England, Mexico, Colombia with Spanish observers hoping that Lopetegui's men draw either Russia or Poland, the perceived "easy" sides from the top seeds. Croatia, Switzerland and last nation to qualify, Peru complete the eight teams.
Two UEFA based sides in Pot 3
One of the deciding factors when coming to group composition is that Europe aside, no group can feature countries from the same confederation. If Group A already features two UEFA zone sides when the draw is being made, then it will be impossible for Pot 3 Euro nations Iceland or Denmark to feature in that respective group. The Danes and Icelanders are joined by Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran in Pot 3.
All four Asian based sides (with Australia representing AFC) are in pot 4 (Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Australia) along with Nigeria, Morocco and Serbia.