England will not be seeded in Brazil next summer


Oct 17, 2013
World Cup 2014: England will not be seeded in Brazil next summer

England's failure to qualify as one of eight seeded teams for the 2014 World Cup has been confirmed with the release of the latest Fifa rankings.
Hosts Brazil and the top seven ranked qualifiers will be kept apart in the group stages of next year's tournament.

England, who climb from 17th to 10th spot, will be in a European pot.
"It's pretty unnecessary to worry too much about whether we are the first or second out of the hat [on 6 December]," said England manger Roy Hodgson.

Each of the eight seeds will be assigned a group in the World Cup finals draw.
Those groups will be completed by teams from three different geographical regions.

England will have to face one of Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia and probably Uruguay.

Uruguay's place in Brazil depends on them winning a play-off against Jordan next month. If they are beaten in the two-legged tie, the Netherlands will take the final seed ahead of Italy.

The rankings' emphasis on recent results rather than teams' record in major tournaments means 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands and 2006 winners Italy miss out on being kept apart from the other traditional powerhouses of world football.

As fellow European nations, however, they would be kept apart from England.

France coach Didier Deschamps, whose side have to win a two-legged play-off to make the finals after being beaten by Spain in their qualifying group, has criticised the system.

"From my point of view it's not very logical,'' said the former Chelsea midfielder.

He added that it was a "double punishment" that his side were in Group I, the only European one with five rather than six teams, meaning they had two fewer matches to earn ranking points.
Think it is bizarre that Switzerland are seeded. You could argue Colombia is baffling too but they aren't a bad team to be honest.
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