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Business as usual as Blatter joins Putin for World Cup draw


Business as usual as Blatter joins Putin for World Cup draw


Despite the corruption scandals surrounding Fifa and the investigations into the bidding process that awarded Russia the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar the tournament in 2022.

The great and the good from the world of football gathered in St Petersburg to attend the draw for the qualifying groups for the World Cup in Russia 2018.

On stage Sepp Blatter, the outgoing president of Fifa, and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Back to the draw, England and Scotland have been drawn together they will also face Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Lithuania in Group F.

Wales the top seeds in Group D will play Republic of Ireland.

Northern Ireland will take on World Cup holders Germany in Group C, while Spain and Italy meet in Group G.

The complete draw is as follows.

Group A

Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg

Group B

Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra

Group C

Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino

Group D

Wales , Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia

Group E

Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan

Group F

England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta

Group G

Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein

Group H

Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus

Group I

Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland.

Russia qualify as hosts.

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