England’s possible opponents at the 2014 World Cup

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England have not been seeded for the 2014 World Cup draw which takes place on Friday 6 December in Brazil.

Roy Hodgson’s side moved up from 17th to 10th in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday following comfortable qualifying victories over Montenegro and Poland, but it was not enough to move into the top 7 places to secure a seed.

Spain remain number 1, and Brazil, ranking below England at number 11 will be in the seeded pot as hosts. They are joined by Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and either Uruguay or the Netherlands.

Uruguay will be that final seed provided they beat Jordan in thier two-legged playoff in November.

Netherlands would then drop into the UEFA pot, meaning England will avoid the Oranje, along with Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russia, and 3 highest-ranked playoff winners (between Croatia, France, Greece, Iceland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine).

The lowest of those UEFA qualifiers will go into a pot with the five African qualifiers (decided in November), Chile and Ecuador.

The remaining pot consists of qualifiers from the CONCACAF, AFC and Oceania regions.

The full pots for the draw are as follows:

Pot 1 (seeds): Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and Uruguay/Netherlands
Pot 2 (CONCACAF/AFC/Oceania): USA, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico/New Zealand (playoff match), Japan, Iran, South Korea & Australia
Pot 3 (CAF/CONMEBOL/lowest qualifier from UEFA): Ghana/Egypt, Nigeria/ Ethiopia, Burkina Faso/Algeria, Ivory Coast/Senegal, Tunisia/Cameroon (playoff matches), Chile , Ecuador & (lowest-ranked UEFA qualifier)
POT 4 (UEFA): Netherlands (provided Uruguay beat Jordan), Italy, England, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russia, and 3 highest-ranked playoff winners

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