These are testing times for fans of the England football team.
Humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016, where they looked out of sorts from start to finish, there’s not a whole lot to get excited about ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
In fact, things could be about to get a whole lot worse should the unthinkable happen and Sam Allardyce – a manager lifted from the pages of a 1970s Roy of the Rovers comic strip – takes over from ‘Woy’ Hodgson.
Yet even in these bleak moments, some solace can at least be taken in the fact that, as bad as things are for England right now, they are a whole lot worse for Scotland.
Wales undoubtedly outshone the Three Lions in France this summer and, on the balance of their play, there can be few who would argue with the latest FIFA rankings that have seen the Dragons leap an impressive 15 places to 11th.
More importantly, they now sit two places ahead of England, who slipped down to 13th, one place behind Uruguay.
But it could be so much worse, they could be Scotland.
The one and only home nation to be left at home this summer, having been pipped to qualification by the Republic of Ireland the FIFA rankings make for even more difficult reading.
Because Scotland have fallen a further seven places to 50th in the world, just one place above of that other football powerhouse, Panama.
Korea Republic, Venezuela, Tunisia, Albania and Iran are just some of the nations that now sit proudly above our north-of-the-border neighbours.
Heck, Northern Ireland actually slipped three places down the rankings yet sill manage to remain a whopping 22 places above Scotland.
If Big Sam thinks he’s got it bad, he should spare a though for Gordon Strachan.
Best of all, England could send Scotland tumbling even further down the rankings soon with the two sides due to do battle in World Cup qualifying.
Always look on the bright side of life!
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.