Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Switzerland had all already sealed their place in the finals before Tuesday night, and completing Europe's automatic representatives were Spain, who beat Georgia to take top spot in Group I, Russia, who won Group F with a draw in Azerbaijan, and Bosnia-Herzgovina, who sealed Group G with a win over Lithuania.
There are still four spots from Europe to be determined, which will of course be decided via four two-legged playoffs. France, Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Croatia, Iceland, Greece and Romania will contest those play-offs. Incidentally, should Iceland qualify they will be the smallest nation to ever compete in the World Cup finals.
The seedings will be released on Thursday, and the draw will be made on Monday, with the games to be played on November 15 and 19. Given these seedings will be determined largely by world rankings, it's virtually certain that France won't be seeded, meaning after facing Spain in the group stage, they could play Portugal in the play-offs.
In South America, Brazil qualify on the technicality of hosting the thing, while Argentina and Colombia's places were safe before the final round of games. Chile's place was virtually certain but they beat Ecuador on Tuesday night, who also qualify automatically. Uruguay finished fifth and thus take the play-off place, which they will presumably win, as it's against Jordan.
The African spots are yet to be decided. The first legs of their play-offs have already taken place, with the second games set for the middle of November. In those first games, Ivory Coast spanked Senegal 3-1, Burkina Faso beat Algeria 3-2, Nigeria won 2-1 in Ethiopia, Ghana hammered Egypt 6-1 while Tunisia and Cameroon drew 0-0.
CONCACAF now, and joining the USA and Costa Rica at the finals will be Honduras, who bagged their spot with a 2-2 draw in Jamaica. Mexico will have to qualify via a two-legged play-off with New Zealand.
And finally Japan, South Korea, Iran and Australia have qualified through Asia, while Jordan can join them if they seal an unlikely win in those games against Uruguay.
The draw for the finals will take place on December 6, with eight teams seeded. Since England are currently 17th in the FIFA rankings, they almost certainly will not be one of those seeds.
OH and fyi, the new rankings will be available tomorrow and I think England will be ranked 10th and that's only because South American countries get points above their confederations rating in my opinion, their confed should be rated as 2, not 2.5 as we all know there are only 2 top footballing countries in S.America.- chelseablue_no1