World football governing body FIFA has made public the final seeding process for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the Super Eagles drawn in Pot 4 alongside Morocco with the three other African countries placed in Pot 3.
It was confirmed earlier in September, by the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, that all teams will be allocated to (eight-team) pots 1 to 4 based on sporting principles.
The October 2017 edition of the FIFA World Ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia who take the top seeding spot.
With those factors in mind, here are the final pots for the Final Draw:
Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France
Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia
Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran
Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia.
It is worth remembering that the principle of drawing the teams into the groups will remain unchanged. This means that no team from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.
The Final Draw will take place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.