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England U21s -- Strength in depth

Tactics And Analysis Oct 17, 2014
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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jul 5, 2014

England set for FIFA Ranking plummet

Gab Marcotti discusses where this World Cup ranks historically for UEFA teams.

England's early World Cup exit means they could be set for their lowest position in the FIFA World Ranking over the last 18 years.

Low blames Prem for England failure

The Three Lions had a tournament to forget in Brazil, finishing bottom of Group D with just a point, while they were eliminated after only two games.

Defeats against Italy and Uruguay, as well as a draw against Costa Rica, coupled with pre-World Cup friendly draws against Ecuador and Honduras, mean Roy Hodgson's men are set to plummet in the ranking when released later this month.

According to the Daily Mirror, should Costa Rica beat Netherlands in their World Cup quarterfinal on Saturday or take the game into extra time, then England, who arrived in Brazil ranked 10th in the world, will drop to 20th.

This will represent the nation's lowest ranking since Terry Venable's side were 24th before the 1996 European Championship -- a tournament in which they went on to reach the semifinals on home soil.

The Three Lions have not dropped out of the top 20 since then, while they rose to fourth in March 2013.

With the seedings for the 2018 World Cup UEFA qualifying to be announced next July, England face a race to climb back up the ranking.

When the latest ranking has been confirmed, Hodgson's men will be viewed as the 11th-best team in Europe, yet they would need to be inside the top nine to be seeded for the qualifying round.

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