England have reached their highest ever FIFA world ranking of third place
without even playing a game.
They leap-frogged Uruguay because the points which the South
American side earned in winning the Copa America one year ago
lost some of their value under the complicated system of
co-efficients used to determine the rankings.
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There were few other changes with only 12 full
internationals played in the last month.
Spain are top while
five-times world champions Brazil remained outside the top 10.
South Sudan have entered the rankings for the first time after playing their inaugural
full international last month.
A 2-2 draw at home to Uganda in a friendly played in Juba on
July 10 has put South Sudan 199th in the 209-team table.
Sudan, which became fully independent last year, joined FIFA in
May after being voted in at the annual Congress.
The team, made up nearly entirely of home-based players, is
coached by widely-travelled Serb Zoran Djordjevic, who has also
taken charge of Yemen, Sudan and Bangladesh in a career which
has taken him around Africa and Asia.
Rankings (previous ranking):
1. (1) Spain
2. (2) Germany
3. (4) England
4. (3) Uruguay
5. (5) Portugal
6. (6) Italy
7. (7) Argentina
8. (8) Netherlands
9. (9) Croatia
10. (10) Denmark
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