Thursday, June 30, 2011

Are England better than Brazil?

FIFA have released their latest world rankings which sees England jump from sixth to fourth, over such giants as Brazil and Argentina. After a disappointing World Cup in South Africa, England have not impressed many in their Euro 2012 qualification campaign, despite leading Group G on goal difference. Both of these rankings flatter an England team that have struggled to live up to their potential. England have only lost once since the World Cup to a French team that are recovering from an embarrassing tournament but have also failed to beat Switzerland, Ghana and Montenegro. Those following the Premier League promotions will know there seems to be a lack of quality in the English game right now.

Qualification for Euro 2012 is far from in the bag, a fact all England fans know when remembering back to Steve McClaren's failure to guide England to Euro 2008, leaving an entire country to watch on and pick another team to support. Those who bet on Premier League action will want the national team to pick up their standards.

Elsewhere, Argentina and Brazil both drop more than 280 ranking points as European teams climb around them due to the South American teams not having to qualify for a competition since the World Cup, only playing friendlies. Expect this to change in July as both teams will be participating in the Copa America, hosted by Argentina.

Both Argentina and Brazil will be looking to make up for an unsatisfactory World Cup which saw them both crash out in the quarter-finals to eventual finalists Spain and the Netherlands who are sitting pretty atop FIFA's world rankings.

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