England and Wales will take their place among the top nine European seeds for Saturday's World Cup qualifying draw in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.
The top seeds are based on the FIFA world rankings from June meaning previous World Cup winners Italy and France are only second seeds.
World champions Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Romania, Portugal, Spain and Croatia are the other top seeds.
Along with hosts Russia, 13 other European nations will qualify for the World Cup with the nine group winners from Saturday's draw being joined by the winners of four playoffs between the eight best second-placed teams.
Scotland and Northern Ireland will be in the third of the six pots, whilst the Republic of Ireland are in pot four.
The qualifying groups will take place between September 2016 and October 2017 with the playoffs in November 2017.
Seedings in full:
Pot 1: Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, England, Wales, Spain, Croatia
Pot 2: Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Iceland, Denmark, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Pot 3: Poland, Ukraine, Scotland, Hungary, Sweden, Albania, Northern Ireland, Serbia, Greece
Pot 4: Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Republic of Ireland, Norway, Bulgaria, Faroe Islands, Montenegro, Estonia
Pot 5: Cyprus, Latvia, Armenia, Finland, Belarus, Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Moldova
Pot 6: Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Georgia, Malta, San Marino, Andorra.