Someone must have a duff calculator or something.
England have risen one place to seventh in Fifa’s official world rankings, despite their poor showing at the recent World Cup in South Africa.
Fabio Capello’s side were knocked out of the tournament in the last 16 after a 4-1 defeat by Germany, who have gone up two positions to fourth.
World Cup winners Spain have replaced Brazil as the top-ranked side.
Meanwhile, World Cup finalists the Netherlands have risen two places to second, with Brazil down to third.
On Tuesday, meanwhile, England’s performance in South Africa was officially confirmed as their worst at a World Cup finals by Fifa, who rated them 13th out of the 32 competing teams.
But that was considerably better than Italy and France, who were 26th and 29th after failing to progress from the first-round group stages.
Their decline has also been reflected in the latest rankings with 2006 world champions Italy falling six places to 11th and France, the 1998 World Cup winners, slipping 12 places to 21st.
South American side Uruguay, meanwhile, have risen to sixth, their highest position since the rankings were introduced, after finishing fourth in South Africa, where they were spurred on by striker Diego Forlan – who won the Golden Ball for player of the tournament.
The biggest movers in the rankings are New Zealand, who have climbed 24 places to 54th after going unbeaten in their three group games at the World Cup, a performance which was not, however, good enough to see them through to the last 16.
Elsewhere, Scotland have risen two places to 41st, while Northern Ireland have fallen three places to 59th and Wales are down seven places to 84th. The Republic of Ireland have moved up five places to 36th. (BBC Sport)
If you were of the opinion that England had a bad World Cup then you were in fact incorrect. If you had hitherto been of the opinion that FIFA rankings were some mad scientists worst nightmare then you have just been proven correct.
It is mindboggling to think that England could in fact improve on their overall ranking after such a dire performance but then France and Italy did arguably do worse. Good to see Ghana rise up nine places but surprised to see Mexico fall seven spots even though they got out of their group and were in many ways unlucky to lose to Argentina. Oddly enough Peru went up 15 places even though they failed to qualify for the World Cup?