England U17s enter Elite Round draw in Pot A of seeded teams
John Peacock's England U17s will be amongst the top seeds for the UEFA Elite Round draw on Wednesday afternoon.
The Young Lions came through their First Qualifying Round with three wins out of three in Estonia in October and have been placed in Pot A of the seeded teams for the draw.
England are joined as top seeds by Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia and Norway so Peacock's side can't be drawn alongside any of those teams.
However with the likes of 2011 and 2012 champions Netherlands, Italy, Spain, France and Portugal lurking in the other pots, Peacock knows that it will be a tricky draw whoever comes out.
With 28 teams in the draw, seven groups of four will be selected and no nation may meet opponents they played in the First Qualifying Round during the games in March.
The draw will be made by UEFA Youth and Amateur Committee chairman Jim Boyce and Pascal Itter, who was captain of Germany as they won the Fair Play Award at the 2012 Euro Finals.
The hosts will then be selected for each mini-tournament, and only the group winners will progress to join host nation Slovakia in the finals from 5 to 17 May. The top six teams in the tournament will advance to the FIFA U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 8 November.
The draw will be streamed live on UEFA.com from Nyon at midday on Wednesday.
Elite Round draw seedings
Pot A: Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Croatia, England, Norway.
Pot B: Ukraine, Switzerland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands (holders), Slovenia, Belgium.
Pot C: Israel, Italy, Georgia, Bulgaria, Portugal, Spain, Finland.
Pot D: Russia, Poland, Belarus, Austria, Northern Ireland, France, Estonia.