How Can England Be Ranked 4th Best Football Team In The World?
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has explained the ranking system that has placed England several places higher than Brazil.
England are listed as the fourth-best team in the world, while Brazil are now in 11th place, the first time they have ever dropped out of the top ten.
Spain, Germany and Uruguay are ahead of England, but their Euro 2012 conquerors Italy are behind them in sixth place despite reaching last Sunday's final.
Such anomalies have puzzled many, but according to Valcke the number of competitive games played is an important criteria.
As host nation in 2014, Brazil will not play any World Cup qualifiers but England could still reach their highest ever ranking of third after their friendly with Italy in August.
Valcke has defended the system, but says that he would like a clearer explanation to be available.
"I know that these rankings are sometimes quite difficult to understand due to the level and numbers of criteria that are taken into account," he said.
"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.
"Brazil are not playing official games, just friendly games as they are already qualified.
"There have been internal meetings and also with the football committee to discuss the ranking of the different nations. We want to be able to explain in an easier way how this ranking is based."
The rankings are calculated on an international side's results over the previous four years, with more points awarded for competitive matches than qualifiers, and a weighting towards matches in finals tournaments.