England rise in FIFA rankings

England's 2-1 friendly win over Brazil last week earned them a two-place rise to fourth in the latest FIFA rankings.

Last Updated: 14/02/13 at 10:31 Post Comment

Hodgson's England are fourth in the FIFA rankings

Hodgson's England are fourth in the FIFA rankings

Roy Hodgson's men enjoyed a memorable night at Wembley and can now look up at just three teams in the list, with Spain remaining the top-ranked side while Germany and Argentina are unmoved in second and third respectively.

The latest rankings, which come on the back of the African Nations Cup, push Nigeria up 22 places to 30th following their tournament win, while runners-up Burkina Faso move from 82nd to 55th. Ivory Coast's 12th-place is their best-ever ranking.

The Republic of Ireland rise two places to 39th, Scotland went up five spots to 64th after Gordon Strachan's opening-match win, Wales moved 13 up to 68th after beating Austria, but Northern Ireland dropped out of the top-100 following their draw with Malta.


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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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