England Placed 4th In FIFA Rankings – What?

Bad news for the English journalists who want Italian Fabio Capello, fired from the England job.

England boss Fabio Capello – hey – we’re 4th in the world!

It was clear to an outside observer,  that after last summer’s tragic display by the England team at the World Cup, that English Journalists were hell bent on blaming Fabio Capello – it was all his fault.

That’s even though half the England players in the games seemed scared stiff, and it appeared all too much for them, and they failed to produce anything like their regular form.

Well, in retrospect, that’s not exactly true, since Wayne Rooney managed a few F words after one game, to the watching world, and straight into the camera, which he seems very good at.

Wayne Rooney may be a terrific player, but he’s a complete disaster as a role model to young English kids.

But England have now climbed to fourth place in FIFA’s latest world rankings – and that equals their highest-ever placing – and they have moved above both Brazil and Argentina – two powerhouses indeed

It’s hardly surprising that Spain are in first place, followed by the Netherlands and then Germany.

And the two place jump by England is after failing to win two of their last three qualifying matches,  for next summer’s European Championships.

You have to go back to 1997, to find England in such a high position, after they had completed a good performance in the European Championships, the previous year, in which a certain Alan Shearer starred for England.

Ireland have won their last two Euro 2012 qualifiers and that has helped them move up to 31st place, a rise of three places.

Scotland are now in 61st place and Northern Ireland are just one place behind in 62nd place.

Wales have yet to win a single point in their four Euro 2012 qualifiers to date, and remain in a low 114th in the rankings.

But if Fabio Capello is as hopeless as the journalists have made out lately, then why are England on the up,  and in 4th place in the rankings?

We’re sure the journalists will find a suitable and convenient answer to that question, and sooner rather than later.

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • samag

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1


  • Xavi

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    fifa are a joke at the moment

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #4

    who cards about england s ranking i only care about NEWCASTEL UNITED

  • Stuart

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #5

    Dont read the article then roshan.

  • gorgonzola

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    he wont nor will I 😀

  • tiotal football

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    that’s ridiculous
    we are in no way better than certain teams in these rankings
    I’d definitely put France above us, although maybe that’s just cause half the team play for us!

  • connor_nufc

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Northern ireland 62nd , wat a f**kin joke

  • nufcmatt

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    hahaha how can we be 4th in the world??? we’re way behind the likes of spain, brazil, argentina, italy, germany, and will be for a long time. cappello is useless like, he’s not interested in the job i think, just the money, sure he goes to games and that but he’s lazy and doesn’t care about improving the team he just picks the same old players that used to be good, really need rid of him before england progress

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #10

    i know what this is …. its the woman’s ranking .. thats why england are fourth

  • tiotal football

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #11

    how can wales be that far down in comparison with Northern Ireland?

    The likes of Ramsay and Bale make them a far better team!

    also I reckon Belguim will be a force to be reckoned with very soon. I know it’s not completely relevant but when you think of who they have:


    they can make a real challenge in the next few years!


    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    I have to say those rankings are complete and utter shit there is no way in this world are england even in the top six in the world at this moment in time how may i ask has this been achieved without achieving anything im sorry but even mr mcgoo could see thats wrong. AH SHIT SORRY STUART THERE I GO MOANING AGAIN HA HA HA I MUST HAVE GOT OUT OF THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    tiotal football – i agree


    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    tiotealfootball belgium? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahhahaahahahahahahahahahah ur off the loaf u mad yolk ye.

  • Stuart

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #15

    Haha, thats alright Boom Boom, its when you have a go at other posters than gets me. Slag off Fifa to your hearts content mate!


    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16

    theres only two things belgium is good for making choclates and it has some class knocking shops!

  • tiotal football

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #17

    @BOOMBOOM why do you say that mate? Lukaku is supposed to be the new drogda, Hazard the new Ronaldo/Messi

    I’m not saying world cup winners or anything but they’ll be there and there abouts in a few years, just you watch!


    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    ive seen all these comparasments b4 hazard and lukaku are decent prospects but u need more than a couple of potentially good players to become a force lukaku hasnt done antin outside belgium sure ronny walwork was a star over there while on loan from man u with their little feeder club hazrd does look good i admit but they wont make belgium a world force m8.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #19

    Where did france come in the ranking, thats who the bulk of our squad plays for!


    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #20

    ha ha nufc_richyg01 well all be wearin blue jerseys and signin alez les blu b4 we know it ha ha

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #21

    tiotal football – i agree with you about belgium .. they good young players … you can add defour to your list … hes supposed to be a quality player

  • Eastander

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #22

    to be fair when you look at the rankings its not like we’ve moved up by doing well, we’ve lost 17 points, only Brazil and Argentina have lost like 300

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #23

    dont forget vermaelen too

  • joe

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #24

    Yeahhh capello is rubbish.. That’s why he’s one of the most respected managers in the world. I’m telling you now that even SAF wouldnt win anything with England even if he tried. It’s not a matter of heart and passion, which our players have in abundance. It’s the simple thing so overlooked in Britian.. called skill.

  • OttersPocket

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #25

    tiotal football
    plus Witsel and Defour, Vermalen, Van Buyten
    They have a decent team, potential WC 1/4 finalist maybe Semi if they get a good draw.

  • tiotal football

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #26

    @Cheick and Bake

    yeah forgot about him and Vermaelen

    there’s enough articles on it:

    @BOOMBOOM a lot of people think hazard and lukaku will be world class and they’re supported by a strong side that will only get better. Especially with them getting more experience in the Champions league, etc

  • dave 1961

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Belgian chocolates crap much prefer cadbury’s myself, although I don’t get it too often

  • rwpoynter

    Jun 29, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #28

    Post 16.
    Don’t know about the knocking shops, but the chocOlates are good, and surely you forgot Stella Artois. I promise Ed, this is the only time I will post a non football comment!

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #29

    hey nothing against belgium alright? longlife toonfan from belgium… And even I admit… the national team of belgium has improved a lot this 2 years… coming from 64th in the fifa ranking to 35th… There’s a golden generation coming up. Hope newcastle won’t make mistakes like not signing zidane… Look where he is now?

    Hazard is wanted by Real and other big teams
    Lukaku prob will go to Chelsea
    Vermaelen at arsenal
    Fellaini at everton (although he’s injury prone)
    Defour & Witsel are still young and are both big prospects
    Vossen is wanted by fiorentina
    Alderweireld en Verthongen both are at Ajax but a lot of PL teams are watching them
    Dembele at Fulham (geez they played EL final last year, where the heck are we?)

    And I really really hope we sign Legear from Anderlecht… he’s got speed, a great shot and cross.

    Anderlecht – Bilbao 4-0

    1st goal Lukaku
    2nd goal own goal
    3rd goal Juhasz (assist legear)
    3rd goal What a screamer!!!! (legear)

  • Sambo from belgium

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    lol and don’t foget Kompany at Man city. He’s even vice-captain… I almost summed up the whole national team xD!

  • BK

    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Should get bookies to do the rankings instead of FIFA. They would do a better job cos it would cost them money if they got their’s wrong. England v Brazil with England as favourites? I doubt it!


    Jun 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Watz australias rank

  • darren9

    Jun 29, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #33

    What a complete joke..seriously who comes up with these rankings. Surley the only way you can judge teams is how they do in major competitions, who cares who we beat in friendlys, or qualifying. When was the last time England beat a good team in a major competition, we were hopeless last tournanamet, and didn’t even qualify for the previous one, yet we are the 4th best in the world. complete bullshit…cappello is a useless twat, please get rid of him before the next tournament, or it will be another disaster.. time to drop the so called big platers who have constantly under preformed in major tournaments and bring in the youngsters now and bulid for the next world cup in 4 years. Gerrard,lampard,tery,barry,heskey,defoe and all the others, f off!!!

  • jonny_ringo13

    Jun 29, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #34




You must log in to post a comment.