Italy not in top seeds for World Cup draw

The Euro 2012 runners-up will have to settle for pot two, while Netherlands are also unlikely to be seeded for next year's tournament in Brazil
Italy have missed out on pot one for the 2014 World Cup draw in December after failing to make the top seven of the latest Fifa Ranking, 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 2010 World Cup runners-up and the Euro 2012 finalists will be unseeded unless Uruguay fail to beat Jordan in the intercontinental play-offs, in which case Netherlands will take their place among the seeded teams.

Hosts Brazil (11th in the Fifa Ranking) 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 Fifa Ranking as they jump from 14th position to seventh, while Italy will feel aggrieved at having dropped four places in the past month.

England have climbed seven places to enter the top 10 once again, but also miss out on a place among the World Cup seeds.

Cote d'Ivoire 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.

The latest ranking table has also confirmed the seedings for the European play-off draw, which takes place in Zurich on October 21 at 14:00CET.

Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and Croatia make up pot one, while France, Iceland, Romania and Sweden enter pot two.

The next Fifa Ranking will be published on November 28 after the play-off ties have been completed, prior to the World Cup group stage draw on December 6.