If FIFA will again use the October 2013 ranking to seed the teams, Italy, France and to a lesser extent England didn't exactly start well.
This is the top 20 of the intermediate October 2013 FIFA ranking:
USA are 22nd, France 34th and Italy 39th.
Right now, the seeds for the 2014 World Cup would be: Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Spain, Uruguay, Egypt, Germany and Ghana.
We could see some new seeded teams if FIFA stick to using their ranking - CONMEBOL and CAF teams have the best shot, while Mexico and USA also have their chances.
CAF teams have the upper hand because they will have two final tournaments before October 2013: the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Qualifying for the 2012 edition is already under way and according to rumors on the internet there will be a separate qualifying campaign for the 2013 edition. There will also be the Confederations Cup in 2013 - another source of ranking points.
CONCACAF will also have two Gold Cups, but one of them will be in 2011 - bringing less points in October 2013. USA and especially Mexico play too many friendlies and this brings their totals down.
Uruguay, Chile and Paraguay could also spring a surprise if they perform well at the Copa America 2011 and don't lose too many friendlies. There are also rumors of a possible Copa America 2013 in Mexico. On top of that, they will have the highest confederation weighting after the World Cup.