England boss Roy Hodgson will be hoping his team avoid the poisoned chalice of being chosen for the same pot as the South American and African teams for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
FIFA has announced a change to its usual draw procedure which will see one of the nine unseeded European teams - including England - placed in Pot Two along with Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ivory Coast, Ecuador, Ghana and Nigeria.
If England were selected for that pot, it would mean Hodgson's men would be in the same group as a seeded South American side such as Brazil and Argentina, and would face another of the unseeded European sides, with Holland or Italy among the possibilities.
As expected, the eight seeded teams - hosts Brazil plus the top seven sides according to FIFA's October world rankings - will be kept apart for the group stage.
The draw will be organised so that there will be no more than two European teams in any group of four countries, and all the South American teams will be kept apart.
It means England will have to face one of the top seeds - hosts Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Spain, Germany, Belgium and Switzerland - who are in Pot One.
The four World Cup draw pots:
Pot One: Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Uruguay, Switzerland
Pot Two: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador
Pot Three: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras
Pot Four: Holland, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Russia, France (one country to be selected at random to join pot two)
How it works:
At the start of the draw, one European team from Pot Four will be selected at random and added to Pot Two to make it eight countries in each pot.
The four seeded South American teams will be put into a temporary pot (Pot X) and the European team from Pot Two drawn in the same group as one of them.
The draw will then proceed with Pot One being emptied and the teams allocated to position one in the Groups A-H in turn.
Pots Three and Four will then be emptied in order but no South American teams can be in the same group, and a maximum of two European teams.
Teams from Pots Two, Three and Four will have their positions in the group drawn randomly.