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England have risen two places to fourth in the latest FIFA Rankings.

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England: Moved up two places in rankings after beating Brazil

England: Moved up two places in rankings after beating Brazil

Roy Hodgson's men earned their elevation courtesy of last Wednesday's 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley.

World and European champions Spain remain top of the rankings with Germany and Argentina second and third respectively.

The Republic of Ireland are also up two places to 39th, while Scotland rose five places to 64th following the 1-0 win over Estonia in Gordon Strachan's first game as manager.

Wales' win over Austria moved them up 13 places to 68th but Northern Ireland dropped out of the top 100 following their draw with Malta.

The African Cup of Nations had a significant bearing on the new rankings with winners Nigeria rising 22 places to 30th, runners-up Burkina Faso moving from 82nd to 55th and Ivory Coast at a best-ever 12th.

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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