England among second seeds for World Cup 2014

Roy Hodgson's men will have to settle for pot two, as must Euro 2012 runners-up Italy, while Netherlands are also unlikely to be seeded for next year's tournament in Brazil
England will not be among the top seeds for the World Cup 2014 group-stage draw in December, having not increased their world ranking enough.

Roy Hodgson's men climbed seven places to enter the top 10 but join Italy, who failed to make the top seven, in missing out on pot one, with Netherlands also likely to be unseeded.

Fifa's Executive Committee recently announced that it would base the seedings solely on its ranking system as it stands on October 17, meaning that both the World Cup 2010 runners-up and the Euro 2012 finalists will be unseeded unless Uruguay fail to beat Jordan in the intercontinental play-offs, in which case Oranje will take their place among the seeded teams.

Hosts Brazil (11th in the rankings) will be joined by reigning world champions Spain (first), while Germany (second), Argentina (third), Colombia (fourth), Belgium (fifth), Uruguay (sixth) and Switzerland (seventh) all make pot one as well.

Ottmar Hitzfeld's Switzerland are arguably the biggest winners of the latest rankings as they jump from 14th position to seventh, while Italy will feel aggrieved at having dropped four places in a month.

Ivory Coast are the highest-ranked African team in 17th position, while Ghana climb one place to 23rd.

USA, meanwhile, are the best-placed Concacaf representative in 13th, with Mexico - who sealed a play-off place in the final round of qualifying - dropping three to 24th.

Japan remain Asia's top side in 44th position, five places ahead of Iran, while Australia have to settle for 57th.