France, runners up in 2006, have been drawn to face the Republic of Ireland in the World Cup play-offs for a place in next summer’s tournament.
Elsewhere in Europe, Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal will meet a Bosnia-Herzegovina side that has never made it through to the finals.
Ukraine, appear to have the kindest draw of the lower-ranked countries after being paired with former European champions Greece.
Russia will also be favourites to come through their play-off against Slovenia, who pipped Czech Republic and Northern Ireland to second in Group 3.
World Cup play-off draw
Republic of Ireland v France
Portugal v Bosnia-Herzegovina
Greece v Ukraine
Russia v Slovenia
Two-legged ties to be played on November 14 and 18.