Face it. When it comes to compiling a list like this, subjectivity rules.
We’re not putting together an alternative FIFA ranking, here. Rather, we’re looking at the recent performances of 20 sides we expect to be in Brazil less than 14 months from now and arranging them in ascending order based on form.
Having said that, we’re not going to include New Zealand (sorry, Kiwis) even though they’re already assured of a two-legged playoff against a CONCACAF side after topping the Oceania table. And we’re not going to include Mexico, either, even though they’ll almost certainly be at the World Cup despite a disappointing start to The Hex. Their recent results simply haven’t been good enough.
We’re also going to dethrone Spain because, well, let’s face it, their draw against Finland didn’t exactly set the world alight.
Let’s get to it.