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England miss out on seeding - despite returning to top 10

Gerrard and Rooney could face a tough group. (©GettyImages)
Gerrard and Rooney could face a tough group. (©GettyImages).

When the draw for the 2014 World Cup takes place in early December, FIFA's much criticised world ranking system will help determine who begins in what pot and despite making it back into the top 10, England will miss out on being one of the top seeds.

With eight groups to be drawn, hosts Brazil will begin in pot one alongside the seven highest ranked qualifying teams in the updated rankings list, which will be published tomorrow.

Victories over Montenegro and Poland enabled Roy Hodgson's side to leap from 17th place to 10th, but that won't be enough to earn a seeding and could see them paired in a group with Spain, Germany or Brazil.

The hosts find themselves in 11th place in the latest rankings list, set to be published tomorrow, and will be joined in the elite group of eight by holders Spain, South American rivals Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay and European nations Germany, Belgium and Switzerland.

That means England will be sure to face one of those eight sides in their group, likely condemning Hodgson's men to second spot and a tough draw in the round of 16 where they'd face a group winner.

While most of the countries in the top pot won't come as a surprise, Switzerland have made an epic rise through the rankings to seal their place as a seeded nation. 

The Swiss, who were managed by Three Lions boss Hodgson in the 1990's, were not even in the top 20 in August last year, but a superb run of form saw them top their qualifying group and work their way into 7th spot, the final seeding position, in the latest rankings.

Holland, like England, missed out on a place in the elite group despite a near flawless qualifying campaign which saw them drop just two of a possible 30 points.

2006 World Cup winners Italy also miss out having only managed a draw against minnows Armenia in their final qualification match, despite having sealed their spot in Brazil as early as September. 

Top 10 Rankings - Courtesy of The Mirror:

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Argentina
4. Colombia
5. Belgium
6. Uruguay
7. Switzerland
8 = Italy
8 = Netherlands
10. England

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