Updated: 09/08/2012 12:46 | By pa.press.net

England third in FIFA rankings



Roy Hodgson's England have moved above Uruguay into third in the FIFA world rankings

Roy Hodgson's England have moved above Uruguay into third in the FIFA world rankings

England have climbed to third place in the latest FIFA world rankings - their highest position.

Roy Hodgson's side exited Euro 2012 at the quarter-final stage and have failed to reach the last four of a major competition since 1996. However, they have moved above Uruguay into third in the standings, which are led by Spain with Germany in second place.

England were outclassed by Italy in their quarter-final in Kiev six weeks ago, yet bizarrely are ranked three places higher than the finalists.

Portugal, who reached the semis at Euro 2012, are also lower, as are Holland and Argentina, and in a further quirk of the standings, Brazil are 13th - one position below Greece and three beneath Denmark.

England's lofty position asks significant questions of the way the rankings are calculated. Apart from a friendly win over Spain last November and the 5-1 thrashing of Croatia in a qualifier for the 2010 World Cup, England fans have had precious little to celebrate in recent times.

The nation's last victory against significant opposition at a major competition was the 1-0 win over Argentina at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

FIFA state their rankings are based on all international matches, including friendlies, played in the previous four years. The criteria included are the outcome, status of the match, opponent's strength and the strength of team's confederation.

Wins against high-ranking opponents in competitive matches are very valuable, while only results over the last 12 months count in full. Those from the previous year count half, while games played up to three and four years earlier have even less significance.

Since the 2010 World Cup, England's record reads a respectable won 13, drawn five and lost three.

However, their inability to launch a meaningful challenge at tournaments, where they have consistently fallen short against quality opponents, will bemuse supporters surveying the last FIFA rankings.

149Comments
08/08/2012 16:59
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I am a huge England Football supporter. But this is nonsense!
08/08/2012 17:45
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I'm Greek, never mind England but how in the hell are we above Brazil???!!
08/08/2012 14:18
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what the hell were they smoking when come out with the list
08/08/2012 18:01
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WHAT A COMPLETE LOAD OF NONSENSE  AND THAT IS ME BEING POLITE ENGLAND BEING RANKED NUMBER 3 IN THE WORLD BY FIFA AS WHENEVER THEY DO GET TO A MAJOR FOOTBALLING  COMPETITION  IN ANY COUNTRY EVERYONE BACK IN BRITAIN CAN HEAR THE EXACT MOMENT WHEN THERE BOTTLE'S CRASH;) ACTUALLY THINK FIFA STANDS FOR FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL FCUKING AR,SEHOLES ;)
08/08/2012 16:22
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just got an e mail from  fifa  it reads sorry third from bottom
08/08/2012 16:06
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England third best in the world?????  not sure about that.....these FIFA rankings are as useless as FIFA themselves......to suggest we are on par or better then the likes of Argentina, Brazil or Germany

is just silly!!!!!!

08/08/2012 16:31
08/08/2012 16:43
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How on earth do they come up with this nonsense??!! that's the best joke i have heard in a while, cheers FIFA!
08/08/2012 16:09
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Much as I will always support the England team, this absolutely stuns me, given the recent results, lack of commitment from the players and clubs, I really cannot see how FIFA arrived at this result.

Hopefully Hodgson will have time to sort out a real team for the internationals, preferably not with the prima donnas that we seem to have been lumbered with at the moment!

08/08/2012 21:26
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England are ranked 10 places above Brazil?

Are we talking about football?

Perhaps it's the women's team. It can't be Rooney and co!

 

08/08/2012 18:54
08/08/2012 16:47
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I hope a lot of our footballers are watching the Olympics to see what hard work is all about.   How many would do well in the Triathlon, 10, 000 metres, marathon, not to mention cycling events, etc

Makes you feel proud watching Team GB.

So much better than the bunch of over paid, prima donnas playing in the Euros.

 

3rd ???? It must suit FIFA somehow to have us as 3rd because we should not be in the top 10.

08/08/2012 19:38
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LOL!!!!!!!!!!!! What idiot compiles these world rankings, England has won feck all in almost half a century and they climb to 3rd, please this has got to be a joke.
08/08/2012 21:39
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This has got to be Blatter taking the p*** out of us.
08/08/2012 23:05
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Rankings dont mean anything...nothing. you may aswell put the countries in alphabetical order...it is what you do in euro finals and world cups that counts. rankings is exactly our problem..we think we are better than we are. lets get these over paid and over rated footballers up at 5 am running the streets and making sacrifices for 4 years and training like dogs every day in pursuit of the dream.....give the hookers and beer a miss for a while and try to win something.
08/08/2012 22:24
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what on earth is going on

England 3rd

shall we just carry on watching the olympics where we can see true sportsmen who care about representing their country

apart, of course, from the team GB mens football team who once again were without any energy or seeming desire to be bothered
08/08/2012 17:06
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The easy beats will get the message one day that they are not worth what the clubs pay for them and the clubs will realise  a fool and his money are soon parted football have let this country down for the past twenty years but are unpaid Olympians have shown who the golden girls and boys are in this country
08/08/2012 19:22
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Ya dingbats, that's 3rd from the bottom not the top.
08/08/2012 19:18
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another one of blatters crazy ideas I think, England top ten just about no way top 3, you have to consider that the bulk of internationals that are world class are coming from Spain, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Holland.  England don't even have one world class player in the team.
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