Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top three

Richarlison - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Amanda Perobelli/Reuters
Richarlison - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Amanda Perobelli/Reuters

32. Costa Rica

Pretty wretched. Passed through with ease, little signs of life up front, could not seem to decide if they should stand off or crowd round Spain but got nowhere near them.

31. Qatar

Woeful on opening night against Ecuador, with a depressing number of passes going astray. Seems inevitable they will join South Africa as the only hosts to exit own World Cup at group stage.

30. Australia

You only need to look at the clubs their players represent to know this is not a particularly strong squad. No great shame in losing to France, must beat Tunisia next.

29. Iran

Below their best against England rather than merely bad. Time will tell if England made them look that way or if expectation they would be tough opponents was overstated.

28. Poland

Pushed back for long periods by a Mexico side not expected to pull up any trees. Robert Lewandowski could not get into the game and they missed their chance to nick it with his penalty.

Robert Lewandowski penalty saved - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Manan Vatsyayana/AFP
Robert Lewandowski penalty saved - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

27. Morocco

Obstinate and well-organised in defence but that was about it. Still yet to concede under manager Walid Regragui, although 0-0 against Croatia was only his fourth game in charge.

26. Cameroon

A bit of a throwback. All balls into the channels and tireless running from striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Look a decent finisher short of relevance.

25. Tunisia

Highly committed to hold Denmark, with the promise of a sting in the tail up front at times. Will need a result against Australia next, as their final game is against France.

24. Senegal

Loss of Sadio Mane is the most disastrous for any team in Qatar. Were busy without much evidence of a cutting edge against the Netherlands, which will happen when you lose your star striker.

23. Saudi Arabia

High line frustrated one of the tournament favourites. Roared back to win with stunning goal. Will go down as one of the most thrilling results of this or any other World Cup.

Salem Al-Dawsari goal - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Hannah McKay/Getty Images
Salem Al-Dawsari goal - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Hannah McKay/Getty Images

22. Mexico

Could not find a way through against Poland despite dominating possession. Hard to see who will emerge as their penetrative threat.

21. Canada

The unluckiest losers in opening round of games? Energetic, inventive and committed in frequent moments of exposure at the back. Richie Laryea’s last-ditch slide tackle to deny Michy Batshuayi was particularly wonderful.

20. Wales

A concerning first half against USA, a rousing second. Kieffer Moore made the difference and must start against Iran.

Kieffer Moore - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Clive Mason/Getty Images
Kieffer Moore - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Clive Mason/Getty Images

19. South Korea

Prodded away at Uruguay but tired towards the end and were a touch fortunate to hang on for a point. Must work out how to get Son Heung-min more involved.

18. Ecuador

Impressively steely with Enner Valencia potent up front. Could be awkward opponents for somebody in the round of 16 (possibly England) but tough to judge on basis of game against Qatar.

17. Uruguay

Some semi-serious talk they have blend of youth and experience to challenge for the title, but not on the evidence of a drab draw with South Korea. Looked better with Edinson Cavani up top than Luis Suarez.

16. Serbia

An impressive defensive performance for an hour against Brazil, with a clear threat from set pieces. Could bloody a few noses.

15. Croatia

Toiled rather against Morocco and could not find the breakthrough but should have more joy in next game against Canada, if John Herdman’s side play as openly as they did against Belgium.

Luka Modric - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Ozan Kose/AFP
Luka Modric - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Ozan Kose/AFP

14. Switzerland

Looked a wise choice as a dark horse, but did not come through match against Cameroon giving much hope to anyone who has them backed at long odds.

13. USA

Played with pace and poise against Wales but lacked stamina and wherewithal to see it out. Youthful exuberance is in their favour, but England game on Friday will set the tone for their tournament.

12. Denmark

Part disappointing, part unfortunate against Tunisia, who disrupted their plan. Were one bad miss away from a goal and one Var disagreement away from a penalty.

11. Japan

Went behind to Germany but fought back valiantly for fabulous win. Should give this team the confidence they have occasionally lacked.

Ritsu Doan - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Molly Darlington/Reuters
Ritsu Doan - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Molly Darlington/Reuters

10. Ghana

The final African team to play, the first to score. Unfortunate losers in minor classic against Portugal and look likely to give remaining group stage opponents problems.

9. Argentina

Froze horribly against Saudi Arabia. Surely talent is there to bounce back and escape from group? Equally, better teams have made a mess of two games and found themselves dumped out.

8. Germany

Bossed first half against Japan, wilted in the second. A less concerning shock defeat than Argentina’s, but theirs is a weaker squad than Messi and co. Need a big response in next game against… Spain. Gulp!

7. Belgium

A win but several worries for Roberto Martinez. The defending was frequently shoddy, Kevin de Bruyne failed to sparkle and they were unsettled by an energetic but limited Canada.

Kevin de Bruyne failed to sparkle - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Nick Potts/PA
Kevin de Bruyne failed to sparkle - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Nick Potts/PA

6. Netherlands

Finished strongly and passed well against Senegal but ball retention suggested they could come unstuck against stronger opposition. Frenkie de Jong is a cut above and Memphis Depay potent off the bench.

5. Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo missed chances, won a penalty, scored it then had a small strop on the bench. Time to hand over to Joao Felix as this team’s leader. Room for improvement, but an encouraging start.

4. England

Vibrant and relentless in attack with the sublime Jude Bellingham pulling the strings in statement win against Iran. Should go far, but defence remains a slight worry.

Jude Bellingham soars to conquer - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Pawel Andrachiewicz/Getty Images
Jude Bellingham soars to conquer - Every team in the World Cup ranked – and England aren't in the top-three - Pawel Andrachiewicz/Getty Images

3. Brazil

Ominous. Vinicius Jr and Richarlison are a combo which will take some stopping. Toiled to break down an obstinate Serbia, after a glorious second they started having some fun.

2.  Spain

The most aesthetically pleasing performance of the tournament so far, lines broken and perfect passes found at will. Gavi justified the hype. Sterner tests than Costa Rica surely await.

1. France

Some teams had bigger wins, but it was the manner of France’s 4-1 win which puts them top of the pile. Went behind early then methodically dismantled Australia. Kylian Mbappe looked especially frightening.