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ESPN FC  By Dale Johnson

How Belgium can be seeded at the World Cup finals for Russia 2018

Steve Nicol says FIFA are fixing a system that isn't broken by deciding to seed every team for the 2018 World Cup draw.

Belgium have had one of the most promising squads in world football for a number of years, and at one point topped the FIFA World Ranking. They have already qualified for next year's finals, and now will look to secure a place among the seeds. 

Russia will be seeded as hosts, and joined by the top seven qualifiers based upon the October FIFA World Ranking, which is published after the next round of qualifiers. 

So how can Belgium be one of the eight top-seeded nations in the Dec. 1 group-stage draw?

UPDATE: OCT. 10: Belgium guaranteed their place among the World Cup seeds.

Dale Johnson has been an editor and journalist at ESPN for 18 years. You can follow him on Twitter @dalejohnsonESPN.

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