FIFA have done the decent thing and finally confirmed what we have all known to be true for some time (about 16 days in fact), by rubber-stamping England’s woebegone showing in South Africa as the Three Lions’ worst performance at a World Cup finals since the tournament began in 1930.
The post-tournament rankings saw England wash up in 13th place (out of 32) in the official stats-based performance table, two places lower than their previous record low of 11th place – set by Walter Winterbottom‘s hapless side back in 1958.
FIFA’s system takes into account group stage results, progress in the competition and the quality of opposition (determined by their official world ranking) and, unsurprisingly, the top four positions were therefore taken by Spain, Holland, Germany and Uruguay accordingly – indicative of their respective final standings in the World Cup itself.
The beaten quarter-finalists all took the next four slots, with Argentina in fifth, Brazil in sixth, Ghana in seventh and Paraguay is eighth and Japan, Chile, Portugal and the USA all trotted home ahead of Fabio Capello‘s forlorn charges.
The FIFA 2010 World Cup standings in full…
- 1. Spain
- 9. Japan
15. South Korea
- 17. Ivory Coast
20. South Africa
22. New Zealand
- 25. Greece
32. North Korea