England stay third in latest Fifa world rankings

The Republic of Ireland also kept their place in 26th, but Wales fall to 45th, Scotland go down to 47th and Nothern Ireland drop to 257th, with Belgium one of the big movers
Roy Hodgson's England side remain in third place in the latest Fifa world rankings, with Spain keeping their place as the top nation.

The Three Lions jumped above Uruguay into the top three in the last update at the beginning of August, but have since played only one friendly against Italy, which they won 2-1, so have seen no movement this time around.

The Republic of Ireland also saw no change in their position, staying in 26th place, but the other home nations all fell. Wales went down eight to 45th, Scotland dropped one to 47th and Northern Ireland plummeted 28 spots to 257th.
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Elsewhere there was only one mover in the top 10, with Portugal increasing by one place to fourth as Uruguay go the other way down to fifth. There were more changes across the next 10 places as Switzerland went up three to 20th, with Mexico exiting the top 20 by falling one spot to 21st.

The big movers at the business end of the rankings were Slovenia, who jumped nine places to 24th, Belgium, whose players have starred in the Premier League so far this season, climbed 13 spots to 40th, ending a three and a half month period outside of the top 50.

However, Austria were the biggest movers in terms of points, as they moved up 11 to 49th, with Bermuda jumping the highest number of ranks (18).

The changes mean that Europe has extended its dominance of the rankings, the Swiss becoming the 14th Uefa team in the top 20.

It was also good new for African nations with four countries recording their highest ever Fifa World ranking; Mali moved up seven to 32nd, Libya jumped two to 36th, Central African Republic climbed seven to 64th and South Sudan leapt three to 197th.

Lithuania, however, had contrasting fortunes as they were the biggest downward movers by points (117) and places (31).

England may have a chance to boost their position with the upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers away to Moldova and against Ukraine at Wembley, on September 7 and 11 respectively.