1-0 at half time…9-1 after 90 minutes, with three of Jermain Defoe’s goals coming in seven minutes before the hour mark. I know it’s a while before Mr Capello announces the squad, but that’s exactly the kind of performance I’d want from one of my strikers.
TheÂ lastÂ FIFA rankings before the draw were published on Friday. If the groups were going to be decided purely on the rankings (andÂ remember they won’t – Goal.com has an extremelyÂ plausible theory here), here’s how the seeds would look:
1st ranked: Spain, Brazil, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France & Argentina
2nd ranked: England, Cameroon, Greece, USA, Mexico, Ivory Coast, Chile & Switzerland
3rd ranked: Uruguay, Serbia, Australia, Nigeria, Denmark, Algeria, Paraguay & Slovenia
4th ranked: Slovakia, Ghana, Honduras, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, North Korea & South Africa
Couple of things worth noting: South Africa are the lowest ranked team in the competition, so I would imagine that they would be automatically placed in Group 1 as team A1 so they can kick off their own tournament on June 11th at Soccer City in Johannesburg. I would also guess that because neither Holland & Portugal have ever won a major international tournament one of them might have to switch places with England. My guess would be Portugal, purely because they qualified via the playoffs, but FIFA are a law unto themselves and you never know what might happen.
We’ll definitely be covering the draw on 4th DecemberÂ via 11lionslive with instant reaction on twitter and analysis on the blog as soon as we’ve finished working out which teams will feature inÂ next year’s Group Of Death.