The first and second World Cup group stage pots will both look formidable, with the placing confirmed on Monday.
The latest FIFA World Rankings have set in stone the top seven group seeds, along with 2018 World Cup hosts Russia (who have already been placed into Group A).
While the positions of the top six remain unchanged from last month, France’s final two victories, coupled with Switzerland’s loss to Portugal, have seen the Euro 2016 finalists sneak in at the last second and snatch that last spot.
Didier Deschamps’ side join Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland as the would-be strongest teams in whichever groups they are drawn into.
In the second pot, meanwhile, Switzerland will be in there – provided they come through next month’s playoff. Peru and Italy are in a similar group, which again depends on qualification from their respective playoffs.
Spain, England, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay are the only teams guaranteed to be in pot two at this moment in time (Chile and Wales would have been but they failed to qualify), with Croatia, Denmark and Iceland the next in line to take the remaining spots should the teams above fail to qualify for Russia.
The group stage draw will take place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1st.
2018 World Cup Group Stage First Seeds:
*subject to qualification