The FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers draw took place today. England, Wales and Ireland are plced in a fairly easy group and the teams should not face much hindrance in making it past the group stages. England are placed in Group F alongside Scotland, Slovenia, Malta, Lithuania and Slovakia. Defending champions Spain and finalist Italy are drawn together in Group G at the preliminary draw in Russia on Saturday.
Among the other notable draws, European giants France and Netherlands face the same challenge in Group A, which also features Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus and Luxembourg.
World Cup 2018 European qualification draw
Group A: France, Netherlands, Sweden Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Group B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra
Group C: Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Group D: Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
Group E: Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
Group F: England, Scotland, Slovenia, Malta, Lithuania, Slovakia
Group G: Spain, Italy, Israel, Albania, Liechtenstein, Macedonia
Group H: Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus
Group I: Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland
CONMEBOL (Final group stage)
Colombia, Chile, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay.
The 10 CONMEBOL nations will face each other in a round-robin format.
CONCACAF (Fourth of five stages)
A: Honduras, Mexico, Curacao/El Salvador, Canada/Belize
B: Panama, Costa Rica, Granada/Haiti, Jamaica/Nicaragua
C: Trinidad and Tobago, USA, St Vincent and the Grenadines/Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda/Guatemala
OFC (Second of four stages)
Group A: Tahiti, New Caledonia, [Winner of round one from American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga], Papua New Guinea,
Group B: New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu
CAF (Second of three stages)
Somalia or Niger vs Cameroon, South Sudan or Mauritania vs Tunisia, Gambia or Namibia vs Guinea, Sao Tome e Principe or Ethiopia vs Congo, Chad or Sierra Leone vs Egypt, Comoros or Lesotho vs Ghana, Djibouti or Swaziland vs Nigeria, Eritrea or Botswana vs Mali, Seychelles or Burundi vs Congo DR, Liberia or Guinea-Bissau vs Ivory Coast, Central African Republic or Madagascar vs Senegal, Mauritius or Kenya vs Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania or Malawi vs Algeria, Sudan vs Zambia, Libya vs Rwanda, Morocco vs Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique vs Gabon, Benin vs Burkina Faso, Togo vs Uganda, Angola vs South Africa
CONCACAF v AFC
OFC v CONMEBOL