England could now face up against the world's elite at next summers Brazilian World Cup, after failing to make the top eight best teams, following the latest rankings from FIFA.

Despite moving up seven places, England only managed to jump to 10th position and will now be facing a group including one of Spain, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Columbia, Brazil, Switzerland and probably Uruguay.

Each of the eight seeded nations will be assigned to a group in the World Cup finals draw, which takes place on 6 December.

Those groups will then be completed from three countries each from different geographical locations.

To secure the final seeded spot, Uruguay will have to beat Jordan in a two-legged playoff next month. If they fail to secure their passage to the World Cup finals, the Netherlands will occupy the final seeding just in front of Italy.

England manager Roy Hodgson remains upbeat about his sides chances of progressing from the group stage and is quoted on BBC Sport as saying: "It's pretty unnecessary to worry too much about whether we are the first or second out of the hat."

Despite the chance of coming to blows with the likes of Brazil so early on, England will not, however, be able to meet the likes of France, Italy, Portugal and potentially the Netherlands in the group stages with them also being unseeded and from Europe.

The world rankings are not based on previous World Cup performances but in fact recent results - a system which has been questioned by France manager Didier Deschamps.

France still have an anxious wait to secure their progress to Brazil, with a play-off looming after losing to Spain in their qualification group and having to settle for second place.

The former Chelsea midfielder called it a "double punishment", claiming his side where at a disadvantage being placed in the only group with five teams, instead of six, meaning his side had fewer ranking points to fight for.

As well as facing a seeded side and a nation from the European pot, groups will be completed from a combined Asia, Oceania and North and Central America pot and one of the lower-ranked African and South American qualifiers.

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