England manager Fabio Capello has not seen or approved of the rankings in the Capello Index and demanded they be removed from the internet.
The scheme bearing the Italian’s name ranked England’s players during their World Cup campaign for a fantasy league game.
It had been agreed by the Italian tactician and the FA that the Index would be shelved, only for the scores to be published on Friday evening.
However, Capello has now insisted that he had no knowledge that the rankings bearing his name were to be made public and has demanded their immediate removal.
A statement from the FA read: “The index ratings had not been seen or approved by Mr Capello, were published without his knowledge and that his representatives have taken immediate steps to have the material taken down.”
Average marks awarded to England’s players during the World Cup (mark out of 100):
Robert Green – 51.67
David James – 59.28
Glen Johnson – 57.18
John Terry – 60.48
Ledley King – 57.50
Jamie Carragher – 59.04
Matthew Upson – 60.21
Ashley Cole – 59.58
Aaron Lennon – 57.64
Frank Lampard – 58.58
Steven Gerrard – 60.98
James Milner – 59.40
Gareth Barry – 57.50
Shaun Wright-Phillips – 61.09
Joe Cole – 55.45
Wayne Rooney – 58.87
Emile Heskey – 60.15
Jermain Defoe – 62.47
Peter Crouch did not play enough minutes to generate a mark.
The leading player in the Capello Index was Uruguay forward Diego Forlan, who scored 65.77.
The website uses a statistical system devised by Capello to analyse each player’s performance and award a final score out of 100.