France will have to settle for a place in the second pot, while Norway and Greece are the surprise packages, as they will compete in the first potUEFA has announced the seeding for the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, with the draw set to be held on July 30.
France will be disappointed to learn that it will feature in the second pot after dropping to 19th in the FIFA World Rankings.
The big winners, however, in the seeding process are Norway and Greece, who both sit in 11th and 12th place respectively.
The qualification process for 2014 remains the same as 2010, with nine teams up for automatic qualification, and eight runners-up to compete in a round of playoffs, with a ticket to Brazil in four years time at stake.
Here are the pots for the upcoming qualification campaign:
Pot 1: Spain, Netherlands, Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Greece
Pot 2: Serbia, Slovenia, Russia, France, Montenegro, Switzerland, Slovakia, Denmark, Sweden
Pot 3: Turkey, Czech Republic, Israel, Ireland, Ukraine, Belgium, Romania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria
Pot 4: Lithuania, Albania, Hungary, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Poland
Pot 5: Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Finland, Macedonia, Moldova, Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Wales
Pot 6: Iceland, Luxembourg, Faroe Islands, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, San Marino