As expected, Cesare Prandelli’s Italy will not be amongst the top eight seeds at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The publication of the latest FIFA World Rankings confirmed what many in the peninsula already knew after the failure to beat Denmark and Armenia over the last week.
Italy will be in the European pot and will face one seeded team from Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia and Uruguay or Holland.
Uruguay have yet to book their place in Brazil given that they will need a play-off win against Jordan in November.
Italy boss Prandelli has insisted he is unconcerned with his side’s failure to be seeded for the event.
“We aren’t seeds? It’s better that way,” Prandelli told news agency ANSA. “I prefer humility and concentration straight away to excessive dreams.
“I am not frightened by the risk of meeting Brazil or Spain straight away. In fact, look at how it went for us at Euro 2012...”
Italy (1135.61 points) are joint eighth in the rankings with Holland (1135.95) – split only by decimal points difference. Brazil are 11th but they will be seeded as hosts.
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!