England go fourth in FIFA rankings

September 13, 2006

Steve McClaren's successful start as England manager has been confirmed by the side equalling their all-time high fourth place in the latest FIFA rankings released today.

Successive post-World Cup victories over Greece, Andorra and Macedonia have helped McClaren's men leapfrog Italy - whose poor form since winning the World Cup sees them slip to fifth.

England were last ranked fourth under Glenn Hoddle's stewardship in December 1997.

Scotland's promising start to their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign means a jump of six places to 34th, while Northern Ireland leap 14 places to 58th after their famous win over Spain.

The heroics of Lawrie Sanchez's men mean they overtake Wales, who slip six places to 62nd. And Steve Staunton's Republic of Ireland are down five to share 43rd place with Iran.

Up two places to second place, France now stand only 40 points behind long-time leaders Brazil, with Argentina still in third. Holland, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal and Spain make up the top 10.