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England drop in World rankings

England have slipped a place to sixth in the Fifa rankings, with Northern Ireland the only one of the home nations to improve their standing, reports The Guardian. Italy have replaced Roy Hodgson's side in the top five, while Spain and Germany remain unmoved in first and second, with Argentina climbing into third above Portugal, who have slipped to fourth.

Northern Ireland have leaped 17 places moving to 100 in the standings.

The Republic of Ireland have slipped eight spots to 36th after a 6-1 hammering by Germany.

Meanwhile, Scotland, who sacked Craig Levein as manager this week, have dropped below Wales after being beaten 2-1 in their head-to-head match last month.

Scotland are down to 70th, while a 2-0 defeat in Croatia means Wales have dropped from 57th to 66th.

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