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#1 Damien R.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 14:31

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England will not be one of the top eight seeds at next year's World Cup in Brazil after sealing qualification with a 2-0 win over Poland on Tuesday.

Fifa's latest world rankings determined the top seeds for the 2014 tournament.

England who climbed from 17th to 10th, will now have to face one of the top-ranked nations in their group matches.
But boss Roy Hodgson says he is not worried whether his team is "first or second out of the hat" when the draw takes place on 6 December.

The Netherlands, who were runners-up in 2010, and 2006 winners Italy are also unseeded.
But Switzerland, Belgium and Colombia are, following the release of the rankings on Thursday by football's governing body.
Hosts Brazil and the remaining top seven ranked qualifiers will be kept apart in the group stages of next year's tournament.
Those groups will be completed by teams from three different geographical regions.

England will have to face one of Brazil, Spain, Argentina, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Colombia and probably Uruguay.
Uruguay's place in Brazil depends on them winning a play-off against Jordan, ranked 70, next month. If they are beaten in the two-legged tie, the Netherlands will take the final seed ahead of Italy.

The rankings' emphasis on recent results rather than teams' record in major tournaments means 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands and 2006 winners Italy miss out on being kept apart from the other traditional powerhouses of world football.
Barring a slump down the Fifa standings for any of the three, the Netherlands, Italy and England are likely to be kept apart as high-ranked fellow European nations.

France coach Didier Deschamps, whose side have to win a two-legged play-off to make the finals after finishing second to Spain in their qualifying group, has criticised the system.

"From my point of view it's not very logical,'' said the former Chelsea midfielder.

He added that it was a "double punishment" that his side were in Group I, the only European one with five rather than six teams, meaning they had two fewer matches to earn ranking points.


http://www.bbc.co.uk...otball/24562306


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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:22

I don't think it matters. We're going to struggle to get out the group stages anyway.

 

The Fifa rankings always confuses me.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:48

I don't think it matters. We're going to struggle to get out the group stages anyway.

 

The Fifa rankings always confuses me.

 

Yeah we aren't getting out the group



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:55

It doesn't surprise me. England usually struggles at the World Cup level, despite having some of the most successful football leagues on the planet.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 17:57

It doesn't surprise me. England usually struggles at the World Cup level, despite having some of the most successful football leagues on the planet.

Most of the english players are in the Championship or below.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:07

Most of the english players are in the Championship or below.

i refer you to your avatar....



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:10

i refer you to your avatar....

Obviously unaware that barely 1/3 of the players in the premiership are English and how this compares rather unfavorably to the other big European leagues. Also hardly any English players go overseas and do well. This is why England struggle...they don't have a big enough pool of top players.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:14

i'm not aware of any england players that play in the championship.. please, correct me though

 

yes, i do agree though that most players of english nationality do play in the lower leagues, that's not how your post read.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:16

We have top players but they are really good in our leagues only really, I don't think the performance against Poland was good at all and shows we will get battered by Germany or Spain or Brazil come the finals but I would like think Roy will take Ravel, Sterling or Redmond just to see if the youth can improve the squad

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:20

it's a bit early to predict who we'd like to see go i think, it could all change in the next 6 months!! :D



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:22

it's a bit early to predict who we'd like to see go i think, it could all change in the next 6 months!! :D


Yeah Ravel will be banned by then :rofl:

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:49

There's a chance for Germany to kick out England during the group phase already? Well hey, why not. :shiftyninja:

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:09

I've long believed that the only way England is ever going to get anywhere near the trophy again is if they first go a few world cups without considering themselves contenders. England has been a third-division team for years, yet every 4 years the media would have you believe that the trophy is in the bag.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:11

The ranking makes no difference what-so-ever.

 

If england are good enough then they will qualify for phase two and win the tournament.



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 06:11

We have top players but they are really good in our leagues only really...

 

That means they are not "top" players; they are mediocre players made to look good in Premiership games by their foreign teammates.