England up to 12th in Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings; Republic, Scotland also climb


England, who qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation with wins over Slovenia and Lithuania, climbed three places to 12th in the rankings led by World Cup holders Germany, football's world governing body announced on Monday. Even Portugal and Argentina aren't the most daunting top seeds-especially the latter, after its qualifying campaign-but nobody wants to gameplan for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in a World Cup.

This latest rankings are to be used for the draw for the 2018 World Cup.

The eight teams qualified for the play-offs are will be divided into two pots.

Federation Internationale de Football Association uses its October World Ranking to decide all four seeding pots, despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup line-up still to be decided in November.

Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Italy, Mexico and Uruguay are the next seven nations either in the World Cup or still alive in contention. Northern Ireland, Sweden and Republic of Ireland will look to change that by winning their playoffs, while Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran, DR Congo, Australia, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan could all land here, too.

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The draw takes place in Zurich, Switzerland on October 16th and it starts at 14:00 CEST. Likewise they can not play Sweden or Greece.

One ball is taken from Pot 1 and one from Pot 2 and are placed in a central pot.

Home and away fixtures will be played between November 9 and November 15.

The Austrians are one of the four new entries to the top 50, where they are joined by Czech Republic (46), Morocco (48) and World Cup qualifying sensation Panama (49).