England's Gary Cahill says latest FIFA rankings won't worry anyone in the Three Lions squad
Gary Cahill says England are taking little notice of the latest FIFA rankings as they focus on World Cup qualification.
The Three Lions slipped to 15th in the world rankings last week after previously finding themselves third earlier in the year.
And following disappointing tournaments for England Under-21s and U20s this summer, Cahill understands why there is an element of alarm concerning the Three Lions.
But the Chelsea defender isn’t reading too much into the rankings which now see the likes of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ivory Coast above England.
He said: "When things go well with England, you get the pats on the back.
“But when they don't go well it is like the end of the world.
"For the younger age groups, it is about the importance of tournament experience.
“Whether you do well or badly, you take positives from it.
"And I wouldn't read too much into the slip in the rankings.
"No-one from our side was going that crazy when we were third. But all of a sudden, we are 15th and supposed to be all over the place.
"That is not the case at all."
England have an important few months ahead of them with the remaining four World Cup qualifiers looming large on the horizon.
Roy Hodgson’s side face Wembley games with Moldova, Montenegro and Poland as well as a trip to Ukraine between now and October.
And with a place at next summer’s extravaganza in Brazil up for grabs, Cahill knows that a few positive results will help restore England’s spot in the FIFA rankings.
The 27-year-old, who impressed in last month’s draw with Brazil in Rio, added: "We have four games left. If we get the results we are hoping for, and which many people expect, the rankings will change and will be a fairer reflection of where we are.
"We have played against both Brazil and Spain recently and had good results.
"In that match at the Maracana in June, we found ourselves under a lot of pressure and had to defend well as a team.
"But if you look at what they went on to achieve at the Confederations Cup, it was a positive result."
"Leading into those qualifiers, we should get the benefit of the rest we have had.
"A lot of us had massive seasons last year and the summer gave us a chance to put our feet up.
"Hopefully, come the qualifiers, we will be back hungry and buzzing to play."
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