U.S. Finishes Ahead of England in World Cup Rankings

Gareth Barry of England and Matthew Upson of England dejected behind a frustrated Wayne Rooney of England..FIFA World Cup 2010 Round of 16..Germany v England..27th June, 2010.

If failing to win a group lauded by a national media as “EASY” and crashing out to their hated German rivals in the round of 16 weren’t bad enough for England’s 2010 World Cup team, today brought another piece of bad news for the Three Lions.

FIFA ranked England 13th at this year’s final – its worst-ever finish.

That’s two spots worse than the previous worst finish of 11th in 1958, and one spot below the United States in this year’s tally.

Now it must be said that, unless you’re Spain, any numbers that appear next to the name of a national team after a World Cup don’t mean a great deal. And FIFA uses a similar formula to come up with this ranking as they do to rank the teams each month.

Still, it’s a nice talking point for American soccer fans.

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