New FIFA rankings released as England set to rise to highest-ever position ahead of Euro 2024
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England are set to rise to their highest ever FIFA ranking after an unbeaten Euro 2024 qualifying campaign.
The Three Lions finished top of Group C with 20 points from eight games and will be in pot one after earning the right to be seeded at the showpiece in Germany.
England's last defeat was the World Cup quarter-final against France in Qatar and their fine run of form will see them climb the FIFA rankings.
According to Dale Johnson of ESPN, England will be in third place in the next batch of rankings - due to be released on November 30.
World champions Argentina will once again lead the pack, with France also unmoved in second place.
But Brazil have dropped two places below both England and Belgium into fifth spot, having failed to win any of their last four fixtures.
The Netherlands and Portugal have swapped places, while Spain, Italy and Croatia remain the final three sides in the top three.
Here is the top ten in full:
England have been third before on two different occasions, once between August and September 2012 and a second instance between September and October 2021.
However, Gareth Southgate is not resting on his laurels as he wants England to be the No.1 ranked nation in the world.
“With the games at the weekend, we might be ranked third in the world at the minute but we’re two places off where we need to be so we can’t waste games," Southgate said, as per TNT Sports.
"If we’re going to be a top team, then the level of performance has got to be spot-on every time.
“Am I driven by being ranked No.1 Yes, because ultimately you achieve that through consistency. Also, it sets behaviours every day on the training pitch, off the training pitch.
"If you are going to be the top-ranked team, there’s no room for sloppiness or casualness. That’s got to be our drive."