When is the 2018 group stage draw? Who has qualified?

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The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russian Federation, who take the top seeding spot.

Russian Federation will be a top seed alongside the top seven ranked sides in the world.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has confirmed the pots for next month's World Cup draw after Peru defeated New Zealand to complete the 32-team line-up for the finals in Russia.

Hosts Russia will be joined by current holders Germany in Pot 1, alongside Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France.

Federation Internationale de Football Association uses its October rankings for the December 1 draw in Moscow, which means No. 65 Russia is two places below Saudi Arabia, which will be lowest-ranked nation in the pot of fourth-seeded teams.

In the State Kremlin Palace, Moscow, each nation will find out who they will face in the World Cup groups, labeled A to H, and each consisting of four teams.

Should England replicate their most recent World Cup result against each of those teams, Gareth Southgate's side would end the 2018 group stage with just two points.

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Pot Two will feature the next best teams, and so on and so forth for Pots Three and Four.

With only England eventually qualifying from the home nations, here's all you need to know about who they could play next summer.

Both nations had qualified for three successive World Cups but failure to reach Russian Federation 2018 ended up costing Belgian Marc Wilmots his job as manager of Les Elephants. In back-to-back friendlies at Wembley, The Three Lions held their own against the World Cup's hotly-tipped favourites.

While in Pot 4 the other teams alongside Nigeria are Serbia, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. No two teams from the same confederation - Asia, Africa, etc - can be drawn against each other with the exception of European sides.

The 1966 World Cup champions will certainly be glad not to face Spain at such an early stage in the competition - the 2010 winners made short work of their qualifying group, winning nine and drawing one.

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