Scotland rise 14 places to 29th in latest world rankings

Gareth Southgate

When qualification kicked off on 4 September 2016, there were 13 European places up for grabs at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

The teams, which already qualified for the next year's championship are hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina.

Julen Lopetegui's men have risen by three spots after beating Albania and Israel in qualifying this month - with the first of those two victories sealing their berth at Russian Federation 2018 - but are edged into pot 2 by France.

The world's seven highest-ranked nations are joined by Russian Federation, who automatically go into pot 1 as tournament hosts.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association uses October rankings to decide all four seeding pots despite nine places in the 32-team World Cup finals lineup to be decided in November. The seeded teams have been decided by October's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published today. Once one ball has been taken from pot one and another from pot two, they will be placed in a central pot, mixed and then drawn one by one.

The eight teams will play two matches with home and away legs, which are scheduled to take place between 9-14 November.

The team that scores the greater number of goals in both matches qualifies for Russian Federation 2018.

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