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
Arsenal vs Tottenham player ratings: Mesut Ozil? Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Nacer Chadli? Who was the star man at the Emirates?
Colombian women's cycling team kit that makes wearer appear naked is branded 'unacceptable' by UCI president
Stoke City vs Newcastle analysis: Window woes leave Alan Pardew bereft of flair
Manchester United risk Uefa row over plan to play lucrative midweek friendlies
Cristiano Ronaldo banner: This is how Real Madrid striker reacted to the stunt by Manchester United fans
- 1 Expert urges cat lovers to own just one animal each
- 2 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 3 The Simpsons death: Creator Al Jean would 'kill himself' before character like Homer or Lisa
- 4 British man raped while urinating in bushes at Oktoberfest beer festival in Germany
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'