The latest FIFA rankings see England rise to 10th but they will still miss out on a seeding for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Hosts Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia and Uruguay will all be seeded in the draw, being put in their own group, with the three other places in the groups being drawn from regional groups.
England will be in the European group, which will mean they will avoid the a scenario where they will be against both a seeded team and the likes of Holland, Italy and Russia in the group stage.
Holland could yet be given a seeding, should Uruguay fail to win their two-legged play off against Jordan next month.
Spain remain at the top of the rankings, ahead of Germany who leapfrog Argentina to take second spot.
Elsewhere, the home other home nations benefitted from their respective good finishes to the qualifiying campaign.
Scotland are the biggest climbers, climbing 28 places to 35th in the world after beating Croatia and Macedonia.
Wales are up seven places to 45th in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Belgium, while Northern Ireland climb four places to 90th following their 1-1 draw away to Israel.