Federation Internationale de Football Association has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining host Russia as top-seeded teams in the World Cup finals draw.
FIFA previously announced that October FIFA rankings would be used to allocate World Cup qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order. The same procedure will then be repeated for the remaining balls in the two pots. It will involve Switzerland, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Greece and Northern Ireland.
Wales, who missed out on the World Cup and are trying to convince Chris Coleman to remain as boss, slip to 14th while Scotland, who also failed to qualify and are looking for a replacement for Gordon Strachan, are 29th. The seeded teams have been decided by October's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published today.
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Spain will lead the second grouping, and beyond that, it gets a little tricky.
Denmark will instead be seeded, along with Switzerland, Italy and Croatia, after rising seven places in the rankings.
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Regardless, Spain, England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay will be in this pot, and when you start to combine them with the teams in the seeded pot, thing start to get a bit death-y.
As always, teams from the same region must be kept separate in the draw, aside from UEFA, where up to two European nations can be in the same group.
The Austrians are one of the four new entries to the top 50, where they are joined by Czech Republic (46), Morocco (48) and World Cup qualifying sensation Panama (49).
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The current head of government and leader of the Social democratic party of Austria (SDHP) Christian Kern predict second place. A constitutional crisis could emerge if he refuses to allow the Freedom Party to take part in the government formation.