Somehow after Euro 2012, England have risen to 4th position, which is two spots above Italy who were the Euro 2012 runners up. Even as an England fan that doesn’t make sense to me.
Brazil falls to 11th because they don’t have to play any qualifying matches having already qualified for the 2014 World Cup as hosts. Keeping in shape playing friendlies counts for far less points.
The present ELO ratings rank Brazil a more realistic 3rd position but they also have Italy pegged in 10th position. England also climb to an impressive 5th spot.
The upshot is that Jerome Valcke, the FIFA vice president had to come out with a statement defending the rankings.
“There are teams who are playing more friendly games than other teams and you can see a difference which is not very logical, but the ranking I would say is clearly still a good picture of the level of international football.”