FIFA is using the rankings released on Thursday to determine the seeds for the tournament, with the top eight 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 all be in pot one, with France, Sweden, Romania and Iceland in pot two.