Italy seeded for World Cup play-off draw

Italy seeded for World Cup play-off draw
Team Italy. Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP.
Italy will be one of the four seeded teams in the draw for the European play-offs for next year's World Cup after Fifa released their latest world rankings on Monday.

Switzerland, Croatia and Denmark will be the other seeded teams for the two-legged ties which will be played next month thanks to their positions in the rankings.

The unseeded sides for the draw, which will take place on Tuesday, will be Northern Ireland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Greece.

Fifa will also use these latest rankings to determine the top-seeded nations when the draw for the World Cup group phase is made on December 1st in Moscow.

That means that, along with hosts Russia, the top seeds will be holders and number-one ranked Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France.

Leading nations to miss out on a top seeding include Spain, England and Uruguay.

The latest Fifa top 20 as of October 16th:

  1.    Germany
  2.    Brazil
  3.    Portugal
  4.    Argentina
  5.    Belgium
  6.    Poland
  7.    France (+1)
  8.    Spain (+3)
  9.    Chile
  10.    Peru (+2)
  11.    Switzerland (-4)
  12.    England (+3)
  13.    Colombia (-3)
  14.    Wales (-1)
  15.    Italy (+2)
  16.    Mexico (-2)
  17.    Uruguay (-1)
  18.    Croatia
  19.    Denmark (+7)
  20.    Netherlands (+9)