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After changes in the way the rankings are calculated and recent fixtures, the Three Lions have climbed to fourth spot and are now only behind Spain, Netherlands and Germany

England have overtaken Brazil in the Fifa World Rankings to become rated as the fourth best national side in the world.

Fabio Capello’s squad, who have climbed two places, have come under criticism since the lacklustre performance at the 2010 World Cup, but they have leapfrogged the South American nation having only lost 17 points in the ranking system compared to Brazil's loss of 295 points.

Despite the South American giants being poor recently, England are unbeaten in competitive matches since their World Cup defeat to Germany last year, and are currently sitting at the top of the qualification group for the European Championships next year.

Mexico have also made a big shift in the new rankings, climbing 19 places to ninth after their 4-2 win against the USA in the Gold Cup final, meaning they have reached their highest position in the rankings since the introduction of the new rating system.

Republic of Ireland have also climbed three places to take up 31st in the rankings, after Giovanni Trapattoni’s men won the Home Nations Cup and beat Italy in a friendly.

The changes in the rankings come after recent confederation qualifying matches, the Gold Cup and also the devaluation of the first phase of qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup.

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