England take fourth in Fifa rankings

By England MAD
Last updated : 29 June 2011

They climb above Brazil and Argentina, although the two South American nations could quickly move back above the Three Lions if they have successful runs in the Copa America.

The last time England were as high as fourth was in 1997, shortly after they reached the last four of the 1996 European Championship on home soil.

Spain continue to top the charts, with their haul of 1,871 points putting them 210 clear of the team they beat in the World Cup final, Holland. Germany (1,417) have moved up a place to third.

England's points total of 1,146 puts them 16 ahead of fifth-placed Brazil, with Italy (1,059), Portugal (1,046) and Croatia (1,033) next in the list. Mexico have moved up 19 places to claim a place in the top 10, 28 points ahead of Argentina (979) - who complete the top 10.

The Republic of Ireland have won their last two European Championship qualifiers to climb three places to 31 in the standings, with 752 points.

Scotland are 61st with Northern Ireland 62nd. Wales' struggles in European Championship qualifying and the Carling Cup has left them 114th.

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