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England up to seventh in rankings


England have risen one place in FIFA's world rankings despite their World Cup debacle.

Fabio Capello's side have moved up to seventh in the world despite failing to make it past the round of 16 in South Africa.

The Three Lions were thrashed 4-1 by Germany in the second round after labouring through a group which included the United States, Algeria and Slovenia.

Elsewhere, Spain have replaced Brazil at the top of the rankings following their final victory over the Netherlands on Sunday.

Holland are up two places to second with Brazil – who only reached the quarter-finals despite being pre-tournament joint favourites with Spain – have slipped down to third.

France and Italy were the biggest losers after slipping 12 and six places to 21st and 11th respectively.

Both the 1998 and 2006 winners failed to qualify from their groups and have fallen dramatically in the rankings.

Meanwhile, Uruguay are the big winners after moving up ten places to an all-time high of sixth following their impressive run to the semi-finals.

New Zealand, who were the only team not to lose a game during the finals, have rocketed up the standings from 78th to 54th.

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