Les Bleus: World Cup draw pots set

Kylian Mbappé avec les Bleus
Les Bleus

The 32 countries qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018 have been sorted into four pots ahead of the December 1 draw for the finals in Russia next June.

After Peru became the 32nd and last team to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Russia in 2018, the qualified sides were allocated to four pots according to their FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings, or their status as host nation in the case of Russia.

France, currently seventh on the governing body's rankings list, go into Pot 1, meaning they cannot be drawn in a group with the host nation nor reigning champions Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium or Poland. However, they could be pitted against the likes of Spain, England or Colombia, all of whom were allocated to Pot 2.

The draw for the finals will be held at the Kremlin in Moscow on Friday, December 1. No two nations from the same confederation can be drawn in the same group, except for those from Europe, although there will be a two-nation maximum per group.

The 2018 World Cup will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15.

Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France.

Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Suisse, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia.

Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran.

Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia.

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