Quite remarkably, England have jumped two places to fourth in the latest FIFA world rankings, leapfrogging Brazil and Uruguay in the process. Despite drawing their last two games against Switzerland and Ghana, Fabio Capello’s men have passed the South American duo. England supporters will still wince when they recall the lamentable performance of the national team at last year’s World Cup and their less than impressive European Championship qualifying campaign so far.
It seems all the more remarkable that they have overtaken Uruguay seeing as how the South Americans reached the last four of the World Cup last year and continued that magnificent form to pick up the Copa America this summer. Brazil, who have been further than England at the past five World Cups, move to sixth after their recent 3-2 friendly defeat to the Germans.
Holland have replaced Spain at the top of the rankings even though Spain are the current World and European champions whilst Republic of Ireland have moved to 31, Scotland are 55 and Northern Ireland 59.