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England have risen two places to fourth in the Fifa world rankings despite their Euro 2012 quarter-final exit.

European champions Spain remain number one, while beaten finalists Italy - who knocked England out on penalties - go up six places to sixth.

The 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil drop out of the top 10 for the first time, falling five spots to 11th.

Wales remain 38th, Scotland are ranked 49th - down eight places - while Northern Ireland move up one to 102nd.

The Republic of Ireland, who lost all three group matches at Euro 2012, fall to 26th from 18th.

Both defeated Euro 2012 semi-finalists rise in the rankings with Germany up a place in second while Portugal climb five spots to fifth.

The Fifa world rankings are compiled every month, with ranking points accumulated according to results, the importance of the matches played and the strength of opposing teams.

Five-times world champions Brazil, who do not have to qualify for the World Cup as hosts, have played less top-level matches in 2012 than some of the other leading nations.

England have not reached a major tournament semi-final since the European Championship on home soil in 1996.

At Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, England topped their group after drawing with France and beating Sweden and Ukraine before the defeat on penalties to Italy.

Fifa world rankings - top 20:

1. Spain

2. Germany

3. Uruguay

4. England

5. Portugal

6. Italy

7. Argentina

8. Netherlands

9. Croatia

10. Denmark

11. Brazil

12. Greece

13. Russia

14. France

15. Chile

16. Ivory Coast

17. Sweden

18. Czech Republic

19. Mexico

20. Japan

Selected others:

26. Republic of Ireland

38. Wales

49. Scotland

102. Northern Ireland

FIFA World Rankings

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What a complete load of bollocks that is!!!

So we're better than....

Argentina

France

Brazil

Holland

Italy

Portugal

Am i missing something here!?!?!

It is based on results, not opinion.

Roy Hodgson is unbeaten as England manager.

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So England are ahead of Italy and Portugal

Yes but they have caught up to us.

England have only risen 2 places while Portugal have risen 5 places and Italy have risen 6 places.

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As denmark are above brazil, this list has not relevance to who is better than who.

Brazil have not been able to gain many points since they are already qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

So they are not playing any competitive games, only friendlies.

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As denmark are above brazil, this list has not relevance to who is better than who.

Brazil have not been able to gain many points since they are already qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

So they are not playing any competitive games, only friendlies.

Ahh of course forgot they don't have any qualifying games..

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What a complete load of bollocks that is!!!

So we're better than....

Argentina

France

Brazil

Holland

Italy

Portugal

Am i missing something here!?!?!

It is based on results, not opinion.

Roy Hodgson is unbeaten as England manager.

What im saying, is that you, me, everyone knows that that list can be taken with a pinch of salt. It proves nothing and is imo pointless.

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The rankings also include Euro 2012 while South American sides have been inactive. France were disappointing at Euro 2012, they folded against Sweden and were blown away by Spain. The Dutch lost every game they played. England drew against Italy and were eliminated on penalties. People should know how these rankings work by now, and how you should always take them with a pinch of salt.

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What I do like about the FIFA rankings is looking for the biggest movers. Unsurpisingly, it's Tahiti this time, who have moved a massive 41 places up to 138th, one above Moldova and one behind Turkmenistan.

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It never ceases to amaze me how many people don't get how these rankings work, despite them coming out every; what; 4 to 6 months or less. It's like having to explain why bookies make certain teams favourites when they're not the best side.

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It's like having to explain why bookies make certain teams favourites when they're not the best side.

If your average bettor understood that, the bookies wouldn't make half as much as they do now.

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