World Cup 2010: Everything you need to know about Friday's draw

So it’s panic over for now – England have been seeded for tomorrow’s World Cup draw. That means they will avoid the likes of Brazil, Germany and Spain in the group stages. But with France and Portugal in Pot Four, there could still be tricky ties ahead for Fabio Capello’s side.

England's Wayne Rooney

World in motion: Wayne Rooney will hope England get a favourable draw

When is it on?

The draw, which celebrities such as Charlize Theron will be part of, will take place in Cape Town, starting at about 5.30pm. It will be live on BBC2 from 5.15pm. If you’re in London and want to enjoy the atmosphere, head to Trafalgar Square, where the draw will be shown on a big screen.

How it works

Each of the eight groups will be made up of four teams, one from each pot. However, no two teams from the same continent can draw each other (except for Europe, where there is a maximum of two teams per group). England are among the top seeds in Pot One.

Pot One

South Africa
Brazil
Spain
Holland
Italy
Germany
Argentina
ENGLAND

Pot Two

Japan
South Korea
North Korea
Australia
New Zealand
USA
Mexico
Honduras


Pot Three

Ivory Coast
Ghana
Cameroon
Nigeria
Algeria
Paraguay
Chile
Uruguay 

Pot Four

France
Portugal
Slovenia
Switzerland
Greece
Serbia
Denmark
Slovakia

B would be Bad for England

England will hope they avoid Group B, where all three of their games would be at altitude. In Group E, not only would two of the matches be at more regular altitudes — in Durban and Cape Town — but, if England were to win the group, their crucial second-round match would also be in Durban rather than at one of the challenging venues higher up. And things get better from there, too. If England continue to win, their quarter-final would be in Port Elizabeth and their semi-final in Cape Town, neither of which would cause problems to England’s lofty ambitions. Group G would mean less travel hassle, with two games in Johannesburg and the third in Durban.

Johannesburg

Attractive pitch: Group G would mean less travel hassle, with two games in Johannesburg and the third in Durban

The easy route?

If England do end up in Group B, all is not lost. Hosts South Africa are automatically seeded but they are a weak side, ranked 86th in the world. They will go in Group A, so that should be the weakest group. The two teams who emerge from Group A will face the qualifiers from Group B, which means England should face an easy second-round match if they can get through Group B.

Tickets, please

One million tickets go on sale on the official FIFA website — www.fifa.com — on Saturday. Fans have until January 22 to apply and a ballot will determine the lucky million on February 1. Fans who already have tickets but don’t want to go to the match once the draw is known can sell their tickets through FIFA, too.




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