Pot 1 of FIFA World Cup draw set

12 October, 2017, 01:02 | Author: Becky Perry
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Centre back Virgil van Dijk will miss the World Cup following the Netherlands' disappointing qualifying campaign, as will Chile's Gary Medel, who was selected as the second central defender.

It's the first time the US have failed to qualify for the tournament since 1986.

Gernot Rohr's Nigeria have booked their berth at next year's showpiece tournament, a 1-0 victory over Zambia on Saturday seeing them take an unassailable lead in their qualifying group.

A World Cup without Lionel Messi. Egypt and Nigeria have already safely booked their places in Russian Federation, with Morocco, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Tunisia and DR Congo still vying for qualification.

There will be 32 teams in the tournament draw, with 31 having qualified for the tournament and Russian Federation securing their place as hosts. The highest-ranked teams will be placed in Pot 1, the next-highest in Pot 2...

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Tickets purchased during the current sales phase will be delivered free of charge to fans in the weeks leading up to the tournament, with deliveries planned to start in April/May 2018 (subject to change).

In Africa, there are still three places up for grabs as the third and final round of qualifying enters the last two group games.

Switzerland were narrowly beaten to top spot in their group in the final game and will be joined by Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece and Republic of Ireland as the remaining Europeans are whittled down from eight to four.

The remaining three qualifiers will not be determined until next month.

Australia confirmed their place as Asia's fifth best team with a playoff win over Syria this week and must contest their intercontinental tie against Honduras from Central/North America.

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