Originally posted by mr carlsberg
well im english, and top 6 is a joke! we are no where near good enough to even be mentioned with the top sides in the world, until we get rid of the passionless capello and bring in someone english i.e redknapp, who will get the team playing with their heart on thier sleeve, we will always be a non starter in the world of football!
That is true, but doesn't answer the question.
Italy - worse world cup than England. Portugal, poor qualifying last time, and not off to a great start this. France - a shambles. None of the African teams are great shakes. USA are in the top 10. Chile and Uruguay are decent, but better than England? A few European teams perhaps.
Rankings are based on competitive games. While England had a poor tournament. Their previous qualifying was spot on, and their latest qualifying is also excellent.
What other measure should FIFA use - a hope vs expectation vs disappointment formula.
I understand peoples sentiments - but given the top 5 are way ahead based on the last WC, there is nothing much in it between say 6 and 20, and England may well lead that group.
What is not correct is people suggesting England are well below that figure.
So no, the rankings a re not a joke. But neither should they be used to suggest that England will win the WC anytime soon. Why, because for starters there are 5 teams way better.