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Eagles drop in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings despite improved form

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Peru were the 32nd and final team to qualify following their play-off win over New Zealand, yet they dropped one place to 11th.

With Fifa making it clear that it is against state involvement in football, the report suggests that the Peruvian team could be excluded from the World Cup as a result.

According to Peruvian newspaper Libero, Congresswoman Paloma Noceda wants the Institute of Sport to control the Peru football association - something FIFA has a very strong stance on.

If Ireland's loss to Denmark was close we could have made a case but Italy would definitely be the best team to replace Peru in the scenario of them being thrown out.

FIFA has a very strong stance on governments taking control of football associations and could go as far as the extreme approach and exclude Peru from the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"The FIFA Organising Committee may in particular decide to replace the association in question with another association".

Having leaped from 44th to 41st spot in the rankings last month, a similar or greater leap was expected for the Nigerian team as they recently drew 1-1 at Algeria in a World Cup qualifier and defeated two-time World Cup winners, Argentina 4-2 in an worldwide friendly.

Another option would be Chile, with the reigning South American champions finishing one point behind Peru in CONMEBOL qualifying.

Peru were pretty happy when they scored against the All Whites in World Cup qualifying.

"If this could affect Peru, it will be debated and removed".

Italy, ranked 14th in the latest, were knocked out in the UEFA qualifying playoffs by Sweden, however Federation Internationale de Football Association regulations state only 13 European teams can play at a World Cup.