England enjoy rise in Fifa world rankings following victory over Brazil last week
Roy Hodgson's side move up to fourth
Thursday 14 February 2013
England's 2-1 friendly win over Brazil last week earned them a two-place rise to fourth in the latest Fifa rankings.
Roy Hodgson's men enjoyed a memorable night at Wembley and can now look up at just three teams in the list, with Spain remaining 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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