England drops two places to FIFTH in the FIFA world rankings
England drop two places to FIFTH in the FIFA world rankings after Poland and Hungary tied… with Nations League champions France and Euro 2020 winners Italy skipping them
- Updated FIFA world rankings have seen England lose top three status
- Draw with Poland and Hungary has seen Gareth Southgate’s side fall to fifth
- France, winners of the Nations League, is in third place and Italy is now fourth
The successes of France and Italy have dropped England from their all-time top FIFA world rankings from third to fifth.
Draws for Gareth Southgate’s side against Poland and Hungary in World Cup qualifiers put them behind France, who won the recent UEFA Nations League, and Italy, their conquerors in the Euro 2020 final.
England remain unbeaten since losing that European Championship final in a penalty shootout at Wembley, but have slipped to fifth in the league table, with Belgium, Brazil, France and Italy making up the top four.
England has currently dropped from a top FIFA world ranking from third to fifth overall
France’s win in the UEFA Nations League has moved them up to third place to replace England
Italy, which beat England in the Euro 2020 final, has overtaken England to take fourth overall
Southgate’s team lost 5.28 ranking points after that recent draw to Hungary and are now in the table with 1750.16 points in what is a complicated calculator designed by FIFA.
Matches against Albania and then San Marino in next month’s international match offer Southgate’s side a chance to react, but it won’t provide enough clout to immediately rise back to third in the overall standings.
Wales is in 19th place, Scotland is in 42nd place, the Republic of Ireland in 51st and Northern Ireland is seven places down at 58.
While France were the big winners of the Nations League, Belgium, which has finished fourth in the last four tournaments, remains the world’s number 1 in the eyes of FIFA, despite defeats to France and Italy.
England are unlikely to regain a top three place in the next international windows
Roberto Martinez’s squad has been at the top for more than three years, but their lead over Brazil is now just 12 points after the South American squad’s recent win against Uruguay.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina sits directly behind England, 11.37 points adrift of Harry Kane and Co.
Spain, which was defeated by France in the Nations League final, has risen to seventh place, Portugal eighth and Mexico ninth overall.
Denmark, which secured their place at the World Cup in Qatar next winter during the last international period, rounds out the top 10.
England’s immediate focus will secure his place in Qatar during the upcoming international match period.
Southgate’s side need four points from their last two group matches to secure qualification for the World Cup.
They are currently top of Group I but the lead was reduced to three points ahead of Poland after the 1-1 draw with Hungary.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina sits directly behind England and nears its fifth place overtake