Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has questioned FIFA's seeding system for the World Cup draw, describing the decision to use October's FIFA Ranking as "ridiculous".
FIFA selected its eight seeds based on the world ranking, with host Brazil joined by Spain, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Portugal, Uruguay and Switzerland, while Italy was one of the top nations that just missed out.
Since the seeds were announced, the Azzurri have leapfrogged Switzerland into seventh position, which would have earned it a spot in Pot 1 of the draw, leaving Prandelli incensed.
"I'd say FIFA should reconsider the draw issue in future," Italy's coach told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Everybody can see something isn't right with the current system. Are we looking at the FIFA Ranking? Alright, we're seventh again now and have been among the top seven countries for about two-and-a-half years.
"Yet we're only looking at October. That's a bit ridiculous. That makes it a bizarre situation."
Italy is one of nine countries in Pot 4 for Friday's draw in Costa do Sauipe.
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