England third in FIFA 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.
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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!!!!!!
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!
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!
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.