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What is it?
It’s the draw for the 2018 World Cup – the flagship international football event, which is due to be held from June 14 to July 15 next year in Russia.
When and where is it?
The 2018 World Cup draw will take place in Russia’s capital city of Moscow on December 1 at the State Kremlin Palace, which is frequently used as a concert hall.
According to a Fifa spokesman: “This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and locally renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas.”
What time will it start?
It will start at 6pm local time, or 3pm GMT. You can follow all the build-up and live coverage of the event itself right here.
How does the draw work?
A total of 32 teams will feature at the 2018 World Cup, 31 of them coming through a qualifying campaign and one (Russia) making it as host nation.
Those 32 teams will be split into four pots based on their current Fifa world rankings. Pot 1 will contain Russia and the highest-ranked seven teams. Pot 2 will feature the next best eight teams, and so on for Pots 3 and 4.
The draw will divide the 32 teams into eight groups of four from A to H. Each group will play three matches, before the top two countries advance to the second round. Russia will be in Group A as host nation.
Which pot are England in?
England are in Pot Two and could be pitted against the likes of Brazil, Germany, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France or host nations Russia from Pot One.
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