Germany, who beat Argentina in the 2014 final, are looking to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups since 1962.They are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. While Brazil seek a record-extending sixth world title.
Hosts Russia are also seeded, though they are the tournament’s lowest-placed team – 70th – in Fifa’s world rankings. England, who have won only one of their past eight World Cup matches, are unseeded, as are 2010 champions Spain.
Brazil are the only nation to have appeared at every single World Cup, but they have not won the tournament since 2002.England, winners in 1966, are the only team from the home nations to qualify and start against Tunisia on 18 June.