Incorrect. We celebrate our gallant losers as much, if not more than our winners. This is the exact opposite of Britain, who scorns its losers in the tabloid press until they are ruined. It's like a sick game to you people.
Don't confuse Britain with England. I firmly could not give a toss about the English National Football team or the ridiculous expectations of many of their supporters. I've supported the Netherlands since the Euro 2000. And Scotland, when they decide to make an appearance in international competitions.
Yes well that's hardly a fair criteria given we've only competed in 2 of them. The rankings give a much better indication as to who are the better teams at a given point in time, and Australia are a significant 9 spaces further ahead and the top ranked team from Asia. They are also important because they reflect results against opponents outside of Asia.
Australia competed against Japan in the final of the 2011 AFC. They had a chance to win and become the champions of Asia. They lost. The rankings don't really reflect much on victories outside of Asia, given that the majority of Australia's victories in the past 12 months have been against Asian teams.
Anyway, we shall see what happens when Japan play Australia in their World Cup 2014 qualifying match in June.