Gary Lineker is getting criticised for what he said after agreeing to host World Cup draw

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We now know all 32 teams who will compete at next year’s World Cup in Russia after Peru became the final nation to qualify.

The draw will be made on December 1, with all eyes no doubt on where the likes of Brazil, Spain, Germany, France, Argentina and England end up.

There are specific rules in place which will determine some part of how the groups are made up.

No teams from the same confederation can be drawn together with the exception of UEFA - a maximum of two European countries can be in the same group.

For England, who are in Pot 2, a group featuring Brazil, Egypt and Serbia would represent a tough scenario for Gareth Southgate.

On the other hand, the Three Lions could be put with Poland, Iran and Panama.

Gary Lineker will host the WC draw

Former England international Gary Lineker will host the draw alongside Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.

"As a player, I was fortunate enough to take part in the World Cup finals on two occasions," Lineker told "It is quite special to be involved in yet another tournament now on the stage, unveiling the results of the draw.

"I have been on the other side, waiting to find out my opponents, and I know how exciting this occasion is."

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Lineker was critical of FIFA in 2014

So Lineker sounds excited at the thought of hosting the draw. He also tweeted to say that he is “delighted and honoured to be hosting the draw for the greatest competition in sport.”

Yet Lineker has been a staunch critic of FIFA over the years, which has left many wondering just why he’s agreed to be involved in the governing body’s biggest tournament.

In 2014, he said he felt “sick” about the corruption within FIFA called the decision to stage the 2022 World Cup in Qatar “ludicrous”.

"I was with David Beckham having a burger the night before the Qatar decision,” Lineker told GQ magazine three years ago.

“We were out trying to get support; Prince William and David Cameron were out there, too, and I said to Becks, 'We are the only country doing this. The whole thing smells; it is a done deal.'

"It makes you feel sick, actually, the whole Fifa thing, the corruption at the top level is nauseating.

"Sepp Blatter likewise has run it like a dictatorship for so long and he comes out with so much nonsense."


Lineker: 'The corruption is just... yuck.'

On the 2022 World Cup being held in Qatar, he said: “Ludicrous. I am not against it going to different parts of the world, but you'd have thought they might have known it would be very hot in summer. You have to be careful what you say, but the corruption is just... yuck."

Scathing stuff from Lineker. No wonder he’s now received these tweets questioning his decision to host the draw.

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