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England up but stay unseeded

England will not be seeded for the World Cup draw in December despite moving up seven places to No 10 in the world rankings.

Last Updated: 17/10/13 at 15:28 Post Comment

England will be in pot two when the World Cup draw is made on 6 December

England will be in pot two when the World Cup draw is made on 6 December

FIFA is using the rankings released on Thursday to determine the seeds for the tournament, with hosts Brazil and the top qualified teams sure to be kept apart in the group stage.

Roy Hodgson's side will therefore be in pot two and will be drawn into a group which includes one of Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and either Uruguay or the Netherlands when the draw is made on 6 December.

Uruguay face a play-off against Jordan in November to confirm their place in Brazil, but if they lose, their seeded place will be taken by the Netherlands.

The new rankings have also confirmed which of the teams will be seeded for the European play-off draw. Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Ukraine will be in pot one, with France, Sweden, Romania and Iceland in pot two.

Scotland, who beat Croatia 2-0 in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, are the biggest climbers in the new rankings, jumping 28 places to 35th.

Wales, who beat Macedonia last week before earning a creditable draw with Belgium on Tuesday, are up eight places to 44th.

The Republic of Ireland are down one place at 60th, with Northern Ireland down four at 90th.

FIFA World Ranking:

1 Spain

2 Germany

3 Argentina

4 Colombia

5 Belgium

6 Uruguay

7 Switzerland

8= Netherlands

8= Italy

10 England

11 Brazil

12 Chile

13 USA

14 Portugal

15 Greece

16 Bosnia-Herzegovina

17 Ivory Coast

18 Croatia

19 Russia

20 Ukraine

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