England have remained in third place in this month’s FIFA World Rankings. Only Spain and Germany sit above England in the table, and in terms of points they are significantly ahead. At least, they’re significantly ahead insofar as anyone cares about such things.
Portugal have moved up a spot into fourth, swapping places with Uruguay who drop to fifth. The top ten is completed by Italy, Argentina, Netherlands, Croatia and Denmark. Brazil are now up from 13th to 12th, but remain behind Greece thanks to Russia’s two-place drop.
None of our geographical neighbours have been upwardly mobile. Republic of Ireland remain in 26th but Wales have dropped eight spots and are now in joint 45th. One place behind (technically 47th) are Scotland, who’ve moved down a place. Northern Ireland now occupy 129th position after sliding an enormous 28 places since FIFA last put 209 numbered balls into its giant lottery machine.
England kick off qualifying for FIFA World Cup 2014 at the end of this week and begin in Moldova, now the 141st in the FIFA World Rankings, down four from August. Ukraine have moved up six positions into 39th, Montenegro are up two into 48th – one place behind Scotland – and Poland are now 56th after moving down two places.
San Marino are, of course, joint bottom. Joining them on zero points this month are Turks & Caicos Islands, Monserrat and Bhutan.
And here’s how it’s all worked out. Here, folks, is how England – ENGLAND – are calculated to be the third best team in the world.