In this file photograph taken on July 15, 2018 France’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates throughout the trophy ceremony on the finish of the Russia 2018 World Cup closing soccer match between France and Croatia on the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. Alexander NEMENOV / AFP
Holders France have been handed a clumsy attract qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Monday, with Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina standing of their method on the street to the finals in Qatar, whereas England will face Poland of their group.
Gareth Southgate’s England, semi-finalists on the 2018 match in Russia, may also tackle Hungary and Albania in addition to two of the minnows of worldwide soccer, Andorra and San Marino, in Group I.
France may also face Finland — who lately beat Les Bleus in a pleasant in Paris — in Group D, with Kazakhstan finishing the group that was drawn in a digital ceremony at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.
They are in a bunch of simply 5 groups as a result of they are going to be concerned within the finals of the UEFA Nations League in Italy in October subsequent yr.
The European qualifying competitors to achieve the finals begins subsequent March, with a complete of 13 international locations from the continent going by way of.
Only the winners of every of the ten teams will qualify mechanically for the finals, that are to happen in November and December of 2022.
The 10 runners-up will go into play-offs alongside the 2 greatest Nations League group winners who miss out on qualifying through the standard path.
Those play-offs will produce three extra qualifiers in complete, with Europe having 13 spots out of the 32 on the finals.
Germany, whose coach Joachim Loew has been below extreme strain after a run of poor current outcomes for the 2014 World Cup winners, will probably be anticipated to return by way of a bunch during which Romania and Iceland seem their principal threats.
UEFA World Cup 2022 Qualifying Groups
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