Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Federation Internationale de Football Association confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw

Gareth Southgate Ireland have made a big jump in the latest Fifa World Rankings
Rita Gibson | 16 October, 2017, 14:12

Each team will be drawn against the unseeded Northern Ireland - who dropped three places -with Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Greece.

Other possible opponents Italy are 15th, Croatia in 18th and Denmark in 19th place.

Northern Ireland have dropped below Denmark in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, meaning they will not be seeded for the 2018 World Cup play-offs.

Each of the eight four-team first-round groups will consist of one team drawn from each pot.

Oil Rig Explosion in Louisiana Leaves at Least 7 People Injured
Andrew Love, who lives about 10 blocks away from the explosion, told The Times-Picayune that his "house actually shook". Residents living near the lakefront report also hearing a loud noise, windows rattling and the ground shaking.

England have risen three places to 12th in the rankings following an unbeaten World Cup qualifying campaign, while Wales have dropped to 14th and Scotland were lifted 14 places to 29th.

Elsewhere in the rankings, the top five remain unchanged with Germany leading the way from Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium.

But after beating Zambia in Uyo on October 7 to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Nigeria have now moved to 41st position in the October 2017 FIFA rankings.

Peru's securing of the play-off spot in CONMEBOL qualification has helped them move up to a record 10th in the rankings, and they will be expected to reach next year's finals when they face New Zealand in their crucial two-legged clash.

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