England reap benefit of Brazil win with rise up rankings

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

The three teams above them in the list are, Spain remain 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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