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France drawn with the Netherlands and Sweden

Saint Petersburg: England will face old enemies Scotland in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Russian model and co-host Natalia Vodianova (centre) speaks with Uruguay forward Diego Forlan (left) and former Brazilian striker Ronaldo during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifier draws at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg. Pic/AFP
Russian model and co-host Natalia Vodianova (centre) speaks with Uruguay forward Diego Forlan (left) and former Brazilian striker Ronaldo during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifier draws at the Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg. Pic/AFP 

Both sides will also face Slovakia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta in Group F.

World champions Germany were drawn alongside Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino.

The toughest group on paper sees 1998 champions France drawn alongside three-time World Cup finalists the Netherlands and a Sweden side captained by Paris Saint-Germain star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There is also a clash of two former winners in Group G as Spain and Italy were paired along with Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein.

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