FIFA have confirmed the seeded teams for the World Cup European qualification play-offs, with France being amongst the unseeded sides.
Portugal, Ukraine, Greece and Croatia will be seeded and will face either France, Romania, Sweden or Iceland for a place in Brazil next year.
The new FIFA rankings have placed France in 21st place on 870 points, meaning that Ukraine in 20th place and 871 points, beat Les Blues to the last seeded spot by one point.
There is now a increased possibility that France will face Portugal with one of these superior footballing nations staying at home next summer.
Stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo or Frank Ribery could potentially miss out the world's most prestigious tournament.
France did defeat Portugal 1-0 back in the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany however, and will back themselves for qualify should they face Ronaldo's nation.
Coach Didier Deschamps was part of the French squad that won the World Cup in 1998 - however his side will have to play well over the two legs if they want to play in the tournament for the fifth consecutive time.
The draw will be made on Monday for the ties to be played on the 15th and 19th November.
The official FIFA World Cup group draw will commence on 6th December.
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