World Cup draw LIVE: Latest updates from World Cup draw
- World Cup draw 2018 LIVE from Russia
- TV coverage starts at 3pm on BBC, we expect draw to start at 3.30pm (UK times)
- Gary Lineker is hosting the draw
World Cup draw (in action now)
GROUP A: Russia, Uruguay, Egypt
GROUP B: Portugal, Spain, Iran
GROUP C: France, Peru, Denmark
GROUP D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland
GROUP E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica
GROUP F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden
GROUP G: Belgium, England, Tunisia
GROUP H: Poland, Colombia
We’re nearly underway…
15:25: The legends are taking to the stage for the draw – followed by elaborately dressed women, in bizarre outfits as if they are auditioning for a Disney parade.
We have Cafu, Carles Puyol and Diego Maradona. Now Gary Lineker.
Won’t be long before we are underway.
Vladimir Putin has delivered a speech at the World Cup draw
‘Don’t go to the toilet!’
15:19: Our man Matt Dunn is in Russia – but all is not well.
“The wifi is intermittent, mobile phones do not work and despite the mounting excitement, nobody is even allowed out to go to the toilet!
“Russia have had six years to prepare for this, it is not starting well on a logistical level.
“The room is in lockdown, we are told, because Vladimir Putin is on his way. Hopefully he arrives soon – fingers and legs crossed.
“In an ominous nod to the tournament, the WiFi has gone down.
“‘It does work, just not at the moment’ says a helpful organiser.
“Let’s hope the main computer works and that FIFA won’t have to do what I am doing and rely on an iPhone.”
30 of the 32 managers are there
15:16: Gareth Southgate is in position. Roberto Martinez is in position. And so are 28 other national team managers.
But two are not – so who are they?
Well, Australia (who have no boss) and Uruguay haven’t made it. Must have had something else on, eh.
World Cup draw: The balls are drawn at 3.22pm
Pray for Big Sam
15:10: Sam Allardyce should have been out in Russia today, waiting to hear England’s fate.
Except he’s not. He’s in rainy, cold Everton – as opposed to snowy, cold Russia – on his unveiling as the new Toffees boss.
Oh what might have been. 12 minutes to go until those balls are drawn… Vladimir Putin is currently on stage in the Kremlin.
15:05: One Match of the Day host in Russia – in Gary Lineker – and another in Alan Shearer in the studio for the BBC.
What a treat it’s going to be for us. Now hearing the draw will start at exactly 15:22.
We take no loss or responsibility for the fact FIFA may waffle on and on and this time could be drastically wrong.
Five minute warning
14:55: There’s five minutes to go until the coverage starts – but it’ll be another half hour until the balls get drawn.
Whatever happens today, England will base themselves in a remote hotel near St Petersburg for the duration of their Russia 2018 campaign.
Gareth Southgate has confirmed the FA had chosen the ForRestMix hotel in Repino, a village on the coastal road towards the Finnish border, because it offered the “right balance” of climate, comfort, security, training facilities and travel times.
Might pop over there, myself.
WARNING: Fashion police alert
14:30: Few dodgy outfits already spotted.
Tarik Najem, the General Secretary of the Moroccan…