England move above France in Fifa world rankings

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Portugal have moved up two places to fourth in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Carlos Queiroz's side, who needed a play-off win over Bosnia-Herzegovina to reach the 2010 World Cup, moved above Italy and Germany, who dropped one place to fifth and sixth respectively.

England moved ahead of France to seventh, while Croatia, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, moved up one place to 10th.

Spain, Brazil and Holland remain the top three.

The majority of changes in the ranking are due to the devaluation of results from last year.



Rankings: (previous positions in brackets)

1. (1) Spain

2. (2) Brazil

3. (3) Netherlands

4. (6) Portugal

5. (4) Italy

6. (5) Germany

7. (8) England

8. (7) France

9. (9) Argentina

10. (11) Croatia

11. (10) Greece

12. (12) Russia

13. (14) Chile

14. (17) Egypt

15. (13) Serbia

16. (18) United States

17. (15) Mexico

18. (19) Uruguay

19. (23) Australia

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