Can I watch football's World Cup draw live, who might England play and how will they fare?

Weeks of waiting for football fans across the globe ends on Friday when the World Cup finals draw is made.

Here's all you need to know about who they could play next summer and you can also have your own say on how far you think they will go in the tournament.

When is the 2018 World Cup draw and will I be able to watch it?

The draw takes place in the Kremlin, in Moscow, capital city of host country Russia, on Friday, December 1, at 3pm British time. It is to be screened live by BBC2, who will share domestic coverage of matches next summer with ITV, while also streamed live by organiser FIFA.

How is the draw conducted?

The 32 qualifiers will be divided into four pots of eight teams according to their FIFA rankings for October. One country from each pot will then be drawn to play each other as part of eight groups of four sides. England are in pot two.

Fabio Cannavaro, centre, with fellow World Cup 2018 draw ambassadors Nikita Simonyan, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan during a media call at the World Trade Centre Moscow, Moscow, on Thursday.

Fabio Cannavaro, centre, with fellow World Cup 2018 draw ambassadors Nikita Simonyan, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan during a media call at the World Trade Centre Moscow, Moscow, on Thursday.

Now for the small print. No two teams from the same confederation - Asia, Africa, etc - can be drawn against each other with the exception of European sides. Even then only a maximum of two can be paired in the same group. So, for example, England in pot two could not play Germany from pot one and Serbia from pot four.

So which three teams could England play in the group stage?

It's probably easier to say who they can't play. Pot two also includes Spain, Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia and Peru.

Every World Cup has a Group of Death. What would England's be?

Germany celebrate winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Germany celebrate winning the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

How about perennial favourites Brazil from pot one, Iran, beaten just twice since the 2014 tournament, from pot three and Serbia, likely to attract home support as historic Russian allies, from pot four?

What would England's ideal World Cup group be?

How about Poland from pot one, Tunisia from pot three and the lowest ranked qualifiers, Saudi Arabia, from pot four?

When is the tournament itself?

England players celebrate during the 2-2 qualifying draw with Scotland in June.

England players celebrate during the 2-2 qualifying draw with Scotland in June.

The World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, and finishes on Sunday, July 15, with the bulk of matches kicking off at 1pm, 4pm and 7pm British time. The final in Moscow takes place at 4pm.

Will England be in that final?

Despite improved results and performances under Gareth Southgate, history suggests no. The script usually revolves around an uninspiring draw against a minnow before we scrape through to the knock-out stage with a nervy win in the last group game.

Defeat in the last 16 tie is then masked by complaints over a 54th-minute throw-in which was wrongly awarded against us.

Cue social media and pundit condemnation of ref, squad and manager alike before club bosses defend their players' reputations in pre-season while the Premier League denies that domestic demands left our stars too tired to excel.

Hopes then rise once more with a host of convincing autumn 2020 European Championship qualifying victories against the might of Andorra and Belarus (remember "there are no easy games in football and we have to be professional"). And so the circus continues.

How do we get tickets to watch World Cup matches?

Even more complicated than the draw. The second of three sales phases begins on Tuesday, December 5, when fans can apply for tickets until January 31 in what is known as a random draw selection.

If more people apply than there are seats then the random draw element kicks in with no preference given to people who apply on December 5 over those who leave it to January 31.

Part two of phase two follows on a first-come, first-served basis in March with another first-come, first-served basis following in April. Confused? Go to www.fifa.com

Anything else about Friday's draw?

Match of the Day and BT Sport football host Gary Lineker will be a familiar face to British audiences as he co-presents the draw with Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya.

He faced criticism for taking on the role after previously speaking out against FIFA over its various corruption scandals.