2022 World Cup draw: England face potential home nations clash, Messi's Ballon d'Or showdown & more

The highly-anticipated draw for the 2022 World Cup was held on Friday evening, as those nations from across the globe to have sealed their respective spots at the Qatar showpiece discovered their fates.

The procedure saw the 32 teams involved (or in this case, 29, plus those to follow) divided up into four pots, each containing the names of eight countries.

From here, pot one was drawn from first, followed by pot two, and so forth.

This, in turn, saw each nation allocated a spot in one of eight groups, labelled from A to H.

So, who got who?

Group A World Ranking Qatar 51 Ecuador 46 Senegal 20 Netherlands 10

Group B World Ranking England 5 Iran 21 United States 15 Wales or Scotland/Ukraine 18 or 39/27

Gareth Southgate's England will no doubt be thanking their lucky stars, after being handed what they will view as a relatively straightforward assignment, up against the United States of America, Iran and, notably, one of home nations Wales or Scotland, should either advance past Ukraine.

Elsewhere, champions France will too fancy their chances, ahead of meetings with Denmark, Tunisia and the winners of Peru's playoff clash with Australia.

Group C World Ranking Argentina 4 Saudi Arabia 49 Mexico 9 Poland 26

Group D World Ranking France 3 Peru or Australia/UAE 22 or 42/68 Denmark 11 Tunisia 35

Also worth highlighting is the incoming showdown between the victor and runner-up from this year's Ballon d'Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi's Argentina primed to take on Robert Lewandowski and Poland, as well as Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo's talent-laden Portugal will go head-to-head with Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea, whilst hosts Qatar will do well to emerge from a group featuring African champions Senegal, a resurgent Netherlands and Ecuador.

Group E World Ranking Spain 7 Costa Rica or New Zealand 31 or 101 Germany 12 Japan 22

Group F World Ranking Belgium 2 Canada 38 Morocco 24 Croatia 16

When is the World Cup?

The first-ever winter World Cup finals will be kicked into gear on November 21st, 2022 at 10am BST.

The tournament’s opening fixture is set to feature hosts Qatar, taking on South American outfit Ecuador, as part of Group A.

Group G World Ranking Brazil 1 Serbia 25 Switzerland 14 Cameroon 37

Group H World Ranking Portugal 8 Ghana 60 Uruguay 13 South Korea 29

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Conor Laird

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