FIFA has released its latest set of rankings for national teams, with England down two places to ninth and forthcoming World Cup hosts Brazil dropping to an all-time low of 22nd.

Roy Hodgson's team have been ranked ninth by world football's governing body after recent draws at Wembley Stadium and the Maracana had minimal benefit to their points tally.

The Three Lions have continued to fall down the standings as a result of their failure to secure a victory for three successive matches. England return to competitive action in September following last week's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Brazil fell three places this month due to their lack of competitive matches, which score higher than exhibition games in FIFA's calculations. However, the South American country can make up ground when it hosts the eight-nation Confederations Cup event this month.

World and European champions Spain stay top, followed by Germany, Argentina and Croatia in a top four unchanged since April this year.

Meanwhile, Netherlands - who top their World Cup qualification group - rise four places to fifth, ahead of Portugal and Colombia.

Italy and Ecuador round off the top 10, while Boznia-Herzogovina move up to 15th position after a six-place swing in their favour.

Elsewhere, Wales have ascended to 45th despite not taking part in any international friendlies this month, and Scotland rise to 74th spot.


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