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Martin O'Neill's side secured their place in a World Cup play-off with a 2-0 home win against Moldova and followed it up with a 1-0 win in Wales a week ago.

Nigeria ranked 44th in the August rankings, but the four points picked up in the World Cup 2018 Qualifier games against Cameroon has helped the three-time African champions move three spots to 41 in the world.

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Spain, ranked eighth in the world, miss out on the top pot and will be joined in the second pot by Gareth Southgate's England team, who are up three places to 12th and 20/1 to claim glory in Russian Federation next summer.

After a busy qualifying program last week, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium and Poland are also top-seeded for the December 1 draw in Moscow.

Eleventh placed Switzerland are the highest ranked nation in the European play-offs, with Italy (15), Croatia (18) and Denmark (19) closely behind.

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Ireland will be paired with one of the seeded teams; Switzerland, Italy, Croatia or Denmark.

The full World Rankings table can be viewed here.

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