FIFA have released the latest world rankings, with Spain listed first once more and the seeded sides for the World Cup draw all but confirmed.
The draw for next summer’s competition is to be held in December, but so as to not give nations involved in play-off qualification games in November an unfair advantage, seeding will be based on October’s rankings.
Released today, they have confirmed Spain top for a 25th consecutive month, with Germany retaking second spot from Argentina.
This trio, alongside Colombia, Belgium and Switzerland are confirmed places at Brazil 2014 and are ranked high enough to be guaranteed top seeding in the tournament group stage.
With Brazil also occupying a top seeding position, the remaining slot open is between the Netherlands and Uruguay, with the South American side in line for the seeding if they navigate a play-off against Jordan in November.
Those not qualifying as top seeds and therefore capable of being drawn against Spain in the group stages of the World Cup include Italy, England, Chile and Bosnia-Herzegovina.