Italy move above England despite World Cup miss

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The next ranking will be released on December 21.

Reports in Peru suggest their national team could be excluded from the 2018 World Cup, in which case Italy would potentially be given their spot.

If - and it's a very big "if" - this were to happen, Federation Internationale de Football Association would then be at liberty to decide which team would replace them in Russia, with tournament rules stipulating that rankings do not need to be taken into consideration.

He said they are targeting teams higher in ranking than the Super Eagles.

Leading the charge was World Cup-bound midfielder Ogenyi Onazi, who told AOIFootball.com that the ranking was "not fair" to the Super Eagles. Temitayo Oladapo called the rankings a joke and asked what the country had done to deserve the treatment.

While the ranking process is a tad complicated, it is explained in FIFA's Ranking Procedures. However, Nigeria are eighth in Africa.

Echiejile missed the Super Eagles of Nigeria FIFA World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Constantine as well as the global friendly against Argentina in Krasnodar, Russia as a result of injury.

The latest rankings, which was published on FIFA's official website, sees the Eagles assume 50th position in the world and 8th in Africa.

Peru emerged victors over the two-legged intercontinental play-off with the All Whites earlier this month, earning the final qualification spot for the World Cup in July next year.

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