England now third after WCQ qualifiers


England have risen to 3rd within the latest FIFA males’s world rankings, their joint highest place ever for the reason that rankings have been first launched in 1992.

The three Lions took seven factors from a potential 9 in the course of the final World Cup qualifier towards Hungary, Andorra and Poland, after a improbable summer season that led Gareth Southgate to steer England within the European Championship last at Wembley.

Italy gained that day and beat England in an extremely tense penalty shootout, however that setback didn’t deter Southgate’s facet from choosing up spectacular qualifying factors in latest weeks, particularly these gathered in Hungary and Poland.

England’s rise to 3rd place on this planet rankings is the primary time they’ve been in the highest three since September 2012 and is a place they’ve solely ever been in for 2 months within the final 29 years. It can also be additional proof of Southgate and his workers’s continued good work, who’ve now been within the job for 5 years.

Southgate succeeded Sam Allardyce in September 2016, initially on a short-term foundation, and never solely has he improved the three lions’ fortunes on the pitch, he has helped redefine what it means to play for England – attaches nice significance to inclusion, togetherness and work in direction of a higher profit.

His England document at the moment stands at 41 wins from 64 accountable matches, and Southgate’s second within the European Championship 2020 adopted after a formidable third place within the opening Nations League two years in the past.

Elsewhere within the rankings, Belgium stays in the highest spot forward of Brazil, whereas England has jumped forward of France, which drops to fourth. The different movers in the highest ten are Portugal, which is as much as seven, and Denmark, which enters the highest ten on the expense of the United States.

Wales stays nineteenth, Scotland is in fourth to forty fifth, Northern Ireland can also be in fourth to forty seventh whereas the Republic of Ireland has dropped to a low fiftieth.

1. Belgium2. Brazil3. England4. France5. Italy 6. Argentina7. Portugal8. Spain9. Mexico 10. Denmark 11. Netherlands 12. Uruguay13. USA 14. Germany 15. Switzerland16. Colombia 17. Croatia18. Sweden19. Wales20. Senegal

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