Rankings boost for England

12 November 2008 11:12
England have moved back into the top ten in FIFA's world rankings following the impressive start to their World Cup qualification programme. Fabio Capello's side have moved up four places in the rankings to joint tenth with Portugal after winning all four of their Group Six games to date. Elsewhere, Spain have retained their place at the head of the rankings following the European champions' own 100 per cent start to qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Germany have replaced Italy in second spot, while Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Croatia, Russia and Czech Republic complete the top ten. Meanwhile, Scotland have dropped seven places to 33rd, the Republic of Ireland are 36th after moving up two spots, with Northern Ireland ranked 42nd and Wales down in 62nd.

Source: ESA