England drop a place in Fifa rankings
Wednesday 11 April 2012
England have fallen one place to seventh in the latest world rankings announced by Fifa this morning.
It returns the Three Lions to the place they occupied immediately after the 2010 World Cup and more recently, in October last year and is a result of Portugal's rise of two spots to fifth.
England are now the fifth-highest-ranked European nation, trailing leaders Spain by a massive 310 points.
Germany have moved up to second, with Holland, winners at Wembley in February, dropping back two spots to fourth.
Copa America winners Uruguay (third) are the only non-European team in the top five, with Brazil in sixth.
Of the other Home Nations, both Wales (41st) and Scotland (48th) have risen.
However, the fall of Northern Ireland continues, down seven to 100th spot, level with Antigua, a startling statistic for a country that competed at two World Cup finals tournaments in the 1980s.
The Republic of Ireland have joined Switzerland in joint 18th spot.
In a month where only 24 international matches were played worldwide, North Korea were the biggest risers, up 24 to 86th, with Georgia dropping 21 places to 95th.
Latest in Sport
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 31: The Undertaker begins a new streak after tombstoning Bray Wyatt
Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss reveals that being a 'slow player' made him a better manager on warts and all documentary
Proposals for 'scripted' Premier League matches stepped up after success of Wrestlemania 31
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 3 Trevor Noah: Jon Stewart's replacement faces online criticism over 'anti-Semitic' tweets
- 4 Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims