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England have been placed among the top eight seeds for the 2006 World Cup.

 

Sven-Goran Eriksson's side are in a top pool of hosts Germany, holders Brazil as well as Argentina, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.

 

England will now avoid meeting those countries in the group stages when the main draw for the tournament is made in Leipzig on Friday evening.

 

Under the seeding system used by Fifa, England came out second to Brazil while Italy narrowly beat the US into eighth.

 

Fifa's ranking co-effiecient saw performances at the 2002 World Cup, when England reached the quarter-finals, given twice as much weight as at 1998.

 

They also took into account a country's world ranking over the last three years.

 

"It's excellent news," Eriksson told the English Football Association website.

 

"I think it's right too. We are one of the teams that have the potential to do very well in Germany and we have some of the best players in the world.

 

"Finishing top of our qualification group with the second best record in the whole of Europe was a big achievement and I'm sure that has played a part in this decision."

 

Serbia & Montenegro were the lowest placed European qualifier and have been placed in a special pot to stop three countries from the zone being in the same group.

 

For the draw on Friday, around 3,700 people will be present in the auditorium at the huge trade fair hall in Leipzig's Neue Messe exhibition centre.

 

It is being transformed into a football stadium for the occasion.

 

The World Cup finals in Germany begins on 9 June 2006 and the final takes place in Munich on 9 July.

 

POT ONE

Germany (hosts)

Brazil (holders)

Argentina

England

France

Italy

Mexico

Spain 

 

POT TWO

Australia

Angola

Ghana

Ivory Coast

Togo

Tunisia

Ecuador

Paraguay

 

POT THREE

Croatia

Czech Republic

Netherlands

Poland

Portugal

Sweden

Switzerland

Ukraine 

 

POT FOUR

Iran

Japan

Saudi Arabia

South Korea

Costa Rica

Trinidad & Tobago

US

 

 

Special pot: Serbia & Montenegro

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My dream group:

 

England

USA

Anyone from that other pot

AUSTRALIA

 

 

When we top that group coming out ahead of both England and America will make the experience all the sweeter.

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No Holland or Czech Republic, yet there is Mexico...

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Might have to do with the fact that Holland failed to make it to the last world cup....

 

And the Czechs failed to make 98 or 2002

 

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sven looked absolutely stunned last night that England were SECOND

 

and well he might

 

god forbid that TV receipts have anything to do with it......................

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