Needless to say, some big teams have had an unimpressive start or should I say they forgot to start?
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This is the top 40 (had to use 40 just to include England) of the intermediate October 2017 ranking:
Right now, the seeds for the 2018 World Cup would be: Russia, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Colombia, France, Uruguay and Brazil.
With every confederation except CONMEBOL and UEFA at 0.85 in the new confederation weightings, it seems unlikely a team not in the big 2 will land a seed. However, there is hope (not for AFC nor OFC).
CAF have their Nations Cup in 2015 and 2017. CONCACAF too, and they also the Copa America 2016. It will be interesting to see how FIFA handle these matches - friendlies or continental final?