Despite the corruption scandals surrounding Fifa and the investigations into the bidding process that awarded Russia the World Cup in 2018 and Qatar
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.
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) July 20, 2015
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.
Sepp Blatter + Vladimir Putin + ballet + Russian pop = 2018 World Cup ... - Washington Post http://t.co/a3Q6KosNAa
— Ballet News Now (@BalletNewsNow) July 25, 2015
— CNN Sport (@cnnsport) July 25, 2015
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.
Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra
Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Wales , Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta
Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus
Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland.
Russia qualify as hosts.