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England climb to third in FIFA world rankings

England have risen to an all-time high of third in FIFA’s latest world rankings, despite having only made it to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

Uruguay are the team to lose out, dropping to fourth place, as their 2011 Copa America victory loses value in the rankings system.

World and European champions Spain retain top spot with a comfortable lead over Germany, as European teams occupy eight of the top ten spots.

Brazil have dropped to a record low of 13th, having played fewer top level competitive matches in the past 12 months than many other nations.

The Samba Boys will contest the Olympic final on Saturday against Mexico but this will not be represented in September’s rankings, as the Olympics does not carry points under Fifa’s rankings system.

Wales move up one place to 37th, Scotland rise three places to 46th, while Northern Ireland go up one to 101st.

The Republic of Ireland stay at 26th, despite having lost all three of their group matches at Euro 2012.

By Andrew Wade

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