Northern Ireland face Switzerland and Republic tackle Danes in play-offs

The four ties will be played November 9-11 and 12-14.

Northern Ireland's quest to reach next summer's World Cup has suffered a blow after Denmark usurped them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, meaning Michael O'Neill's side will be unseeded in Tuesday's play-off draw.

The Boys in Green are unseeded, however, so they will be the underdogs no matter which of Switzerland, Italy, Croatia or Denmark they end up against.

Italy are four time winners of the World Cup, having last won in 2006.

Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark entered the draw as the four highest-placed teams in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, while Northern Ireland, Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and Greece made up the second pot.

The prize at stake is a place in the World Cup Finals in Russian Federation next summer.

The eight teams were the best runners-up in the nine European qualifying groups.

The four winners will take part in the World Cup draw on December 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

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