Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

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

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

Republic of Ireland have risen to 26th in the latest FIFA World Rankings after the wins over Moldova and Wales secured a play-off spot for the 2018 World Cup. 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.

The eight teams to make it through to the play-offs are Sweden, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Croatia. Instead of one seeded pot and three pots determined by logistical and geographical reasoning, Federation Internationale de Football Association has changed its ways so that all four pots are determined purely based on the rankings.

Chile stayed in ninth despite missing out on World Cup qualification and Peru rose into the top 10 for the first time after qualifying for the intercontinental play-off against New Zealand. The return leg takes place between November 12 and 14.

Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Italy, Mexico and Uruguay are the next seven nations either in the World Cup or still alive in contention.

The draw for the final qualifiers takes place on Tuesday and will determine the pairings of the four matches, with those ranked highest avoiding each other.

The return leg of the play-off for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation will be played at Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru's capital on November 15.

England rise three places to 12th, having successfully qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation with victories over Slovenia and Lithuania.

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