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England move up to fourth in FIFA world rankings

England have equalled their highest placing in FIFA's latest world rankings by moving up to fourth. Fabio Capello's team have moved above Brazil and Argentina in the rankings, updated today, despite only reaching the last 16 in last summer's World Cup, and failing to win two of their last three qualifying matches for next summer's European Championships.

Spain continue to top the charts with Holland second and Germany third.

England find themselves ranked above Brazil (5th), Italy (6th), Portugal (7th) and eighth placed Croatia.

Mexico have moved up 19 places to claim a place in the top 10, ahead of Argentina (979) - who complete the top 10.

The Republic of Ireland have climbed three places to 31 in the standings.

Scotland and Northern Ireland are also on the up. The Scots are now 61st as a result of a five-place leap, with Nigel Worthington's side - one of the countries they moved above - one place behind them in 62nd.

However, Wales' failure to pick up a single point in their four Euro 2012 qualifiers to date means they remain 114th in the rankings, level with the Faroe Islands.

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