Ireland could face England in the qualifying group for the 2014 World cup after they were placed in Pot Three for Saturday’s draw in Brazil.
As the pot allocations are based on the current FIFA world rankings England are among the top seeds in pot one along with traditional powerhouses Spain, Holland, Germany and Italy.
While France, who beat Ireland in the play off’s for the last world cup, will be in Pot Two alongside tricky opponents such as Russia and Turkey.
Ireland could also be drawn with one of Scotland and Northern Ireland who are in pot four, while Gary Speed’s Wales’s side are in pot six alongside International football minnows Liechtenstein, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta, Andorra and San Marino
FIFA also announced that the 2014 World Cup finals will start on 12 June and finish on 13 July.
European qualification zone pots for World Cup draw on Saturday:
Teams will be drawn in eight groups of six teams and one group of five:
Spain, Holland, Germany, England, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Norway, Greece
France, Montenegro, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Slovenia, Turkey
Switzerland, Israel, Republic of Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Belarus, Ukraine, Hungary
Bulgaria, Romania, Georgia, Lithuania, Albania, Scotland,
Northern Ireland, Austria, Poland
Armenia, Finland, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Moldova, FYR Macedonia
Azerbaijan, Faroe Islands
Wales, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Malta
Andorra, San Marino
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