FIFA World Ranking: Fans Jubilate as England leapfrog france, climb to third

England have risen to third in FIFA’s world ranking as a result of a successful September of World Cup qualifiers – their highest position since 2012.

Having sat fourth in the standings since April 2019, the Three Lions leapfrogged world champions France to move up to third in the list released on Thursday.

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

The last time England were ranked third was in September 2012.

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.

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

Their run to the semi-finals at the 2018 World Cup in Russia resulted in a big leap from joint 12th to sixth and they have continued to climb with consistent qualifying results and their run to the Euro 2020 final.

Despite the blow of conceding a late equaliser to Poland in Warsaw last week, England have taken 16 points from their six qualifiers so far to top Group I.

Sitting four points ahead of second-placed Albania and five clear of Poland, they could seal their spot at the World Cup next month when they face Andorra away and Hungary at home.

Belgium remain in top spot, while Brazil are second.

Wales stay in 19th after a victory against Belarus sandwiched between draws against Finland and Estonia.

Scotland, who lost in Denmark before beating Moldova and Austria, rise four places to 45th.

Northern Ireland are also up four spots, wins over Lithuania and Estonia and a draw with Switzerland lifting them to 47th.

The Republic of Ireland have fallen from 47th to 50th after defeat by Portugal and draws with Azerbaijan and Serbia.

The Fifa rankings were first introduced in December 1992.

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