Could Fabio come face to face with “The Hand of Frog”?
Fifa has confirmed England will be one of eight seeded teams when the World Cup draw takes place this week.
They will thus avoid favourites Spain and Brazil, who are two of the other seeded sides, in the group stage.
Argentina, Germany, the Netherlands, holders Italy and hosts South Africa make up the remaining seeded nations.
The 32 qualifiers will be assembled into eight groups on Friday in Cape Town when the draw is made from 1745 GMT for next summer’s tournament.
England are ranked only ninth in the Fifa world rankings but the impressive qualification campaign by Fabio Capello’s squad has reaped rewards.
Portugal, currently ranked fifth, and France, who are seventh, had problems making the big tournament in South Africa and have thus missed out on the seedings, which reflect October’s positions in the official table rather than those from November – the month in which the play-offs took place.
Pots for Friday’s draw: eight groups of four countries to be drawn, each group containing one country from each pot.
Pot 1 (seeds): South Africa, Brazil, Spain, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Argentina, England
Pot 2 (Asia, Oceania and North/Central America): Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Mexico, Honduras
Pot 3 (Africa and South America): Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, Algeria, Paraguay, Chile, Uruguay
Pot 4 (Europe): France, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland, Greece, Serbia, Denmark, Slovakia (BBC Sport)
So that’s good news. It appears that FIFA have finally decide to reward those who are currently performing well as opposed to always get ‘big gun’ status so with that in mind England could find themselves facing France or Portugal in their group. There are tricky teams in each pot and all will be revealed on Friday and you can catch the live draw here on COS as we bring you it on a live stream. Also get ready for the revealing of the brand new Adidas ball that will be used at the tournament and we have been given exclusive access to the Match Ball unveiling also on Friday.
So who would ideally like to see in England’s group? Alternatively if you follow another of the 32 teams, not 33 I’m afraid Ireland, who would you like to see alongside your side in their quartet.