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England slip to 15th in rankings

04 Jul 2013 09:46:54

England slip to 15th in rankings

England have dropped to 15th in FIFA's world rankings - the team's lowest position since 2008.

Roy Hodgson's side have dropped out of the top 10 and now rank below the Ivory Coast and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

It is England's worst ranking for five years - since the team managed by Steve McClaren missed out on playing in Euro 2008.

England have not been ranked lower since the turn of the millennium, with a low point of 16th in early 2001.

Brazil, meanwhile, whose ranking had suffered by not playing competitive qualifiers ahead of hosting next year's World Cup, have gone back into the top 10 following their Confederations Cup triumph, up 13 places to ninth.

Beaten Confederation Cup finalists Spain retain top ranking ahead of Germany.

Colombia are surprisingly ranked third thanks to some impressive results in the World Cup qualifiers. Belgium have made it into the top 10 for the first time ever.

Scotland have soared 24 places to 50th, the Republic of Ireland have dropped three spots to 44th and Wales are down a place to 46th. Northern Ireland are up three places to 111th.


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