England move into top three in FIFA rankings for first time in nine years as Three Lions leapfrog World champions France in standings following successful international break

After a nine year hiatus, England are back into the top three of FIFA’s rankings with the Three Lions leapfrogging World champions France to cement their spot as the third best nation on the globe.

Gareth Southgate’s men have been ranked in fourth since April 2019 but they have climbed one place in the list, which was released on Thursday.


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Belgium remain top-ranked with Brazil still in second but Southgate’s side are now in the top three, matching their best-ever position within the ranking system.

They held onto third place for August and September in 2012 under Roy Hodgson and have now amassed enough points to regain a spot on the podium.

Following on from their Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy on penalties, England recorded back-to-back 4-0 wins over Hungary and Andorra before drawing 1-1 in Poland as they continue their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Amazingly, England are now ranked higher than France

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Amazingly, England are now ranked higher than France

England were as low as 13th when Southgate was appointed as manager permanently in November 2016.

Since then England have reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, the last four of the inaugural Nations League the following summer and made their first major final in 55 years before losing to Italy in July.

Scotland and Northern Ireland both enjoyed a leap of four places, to 45th and 47th respectively, while the Republic of Ireland dropped to 50th and Wales remained in 19th.

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