The eight seeded teams for the competition are based on the FIFA World Rankings with the rest being split on geographical grounds.
However, as there are nine European sides likely to be unseeded – France, the lowest ranked UEFA qualified nation – are set to be put into another pot and will therefore be placed in a group containing one of the seeded South American sides to avoid a situation where there are three European sides in the same group.
If the draw, as expected, follows the same pattern as the 2010 draw, CONCACAF's qualified sides will be paired with Asia with a hybrid pot of the two unseeded South American teams, the five African sides and France then being concocted to make things neat.
Depending on the 'luck of the draw' here is what we think would be England's worst case/best case scenarios when they teams are pulled out of the bowls in Bahia on December 6th.
GROUP OF DEATH: Spain, Japan, Chile, ENGLAND.
GROUP OF LIFE: Switzerland, Honduras, Algeria, ENGLAND.
Pot 1 (seeds)
Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay*, Switzerland,
Pot 2 (CONCACAF, Asia)
Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, USA, Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea.
Pot 3 (South America, Africa + lowest-ranked European team)
Chile, Ecuador, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, France (21)
Pot 4 (Europe)
Bosnia-Herzegovinia, England, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, Portugal, Croatia, Greece.
*Lead Jordan 5-0 after first leg of play-off.
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