Indian football team gains two places in FIFA rankings

Impressed FIFA official tells India to focus on future

The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will both be unseeded in the World Cup play-off draw following the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings release.

Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also top-seeded for the December 1 draw in Moscow.

This follows the latest rankings released on Monday. The eight best second-placed teams (Slovakia missed out despite finishing runners-up to England in Group F) will battle for the four remaining qualifying spots. Northern Ireland, Ireland, Sweden and Greece will be the unseeded teams in the draw, which takes place tomorrow.

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Earlier in the tournament, the Men in Green started with a 7-0 win over Bangladesh, but they were held by Japan 2-2 on Friday. In the next minute, Harmanpreet sealed the fate of Pakistan hockey team making it 3-0 for Indians with a swinging flick.

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Chile at No. 9 is the highest-ranked team eliminated from the World Cup. The seeded teams have been decided by October's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published today. Based on the rankings, Switzerland (11th), Italy (15th), Croatia (18th) and Denmark (19th) will be in pot one and will play one of the four teams in pot two. 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. Likewise they can not play Sweden or Greece. The team drawn first will be at home in the first leg.

The draw takes place in Zurich, Switzerland on October 16th and it starts at 14:00 CEST.

We'll be able to properly simulate and speculate after the conclusion of November's qualifiers and qualifying playoffs, but until then, at least we have some semblance of how the World Cup could look in Russian Federation next summer.

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