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England drop to seventh in Fifa rankings

April 11th, 2012 by · No Comments · Features, Football

England have fallen one place to seventh in the latest world rankings announced by Fifa. The national side, who have not played since the previous rankings were announced last month, return to the place they occupied immediately after the 2010 World Cup and more recently in October last year as a result of Portugal’s rise of two spots to fifth in the table, which is calculated on the basis of results over the previous four years.

England are now the fifth-highest-ranked European nation, but they trail the leaders Spain by a massive 310 points. The world champions have a lead of 97 over second-placed Germany, with Holland, winners at Wembley in February, dropping back two spots to fourth.

The Copa América 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. The Republic of Ireland have joined Switzerland in joint 18th spot.

In a month in which only 24 international matches were played worldwide, North Korea were the biggest risers, up 24 to 86th, while Georgia dropped 21 places to 95th.

The rankings take account of matches played over the past four years with the greatest weight given to matches in the previous 12 months, and most of this month’s changes were due to teams discarding points relating to matches in March 2008 and depreciation of points from games in subsequent Marches. England, who lost to France in March 2008, have actually risen 11 points while dropping a place. Spain remain No1 but with 119 fewer points than they had last month.



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