Swiss among World Cup seeds, Italy miss out

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Reuters: Switzerland will be among the eight seeded teams at the World Cup draw in December after they leapt to seventh in the latest FIFA rankings announced on Thursday, while Italy were edged out. Spain, Argentina, Germany, Colombia, Belgium and hosts Brazil will also be seeded, as will Uruguay, if they beat Jordan in a two-leg playoff next month. If Uruguay do not qualify, Netherlands, joint eighth with Italy in the rankings, will take their place among the seeds. FIFA previously ruled that Brazil plus the top seven ranked teams would be seeded for the draw. Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Ukraine will be the seeded teams in next Monday’s draw for the European zone playoff round, which also features France, Iceland, Sweden and Romania.