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England drop to 17th in FIFA rankings

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Roy Hodgson will be unhappy with his team's slump. (©GettyImages)
Roy Hodgson will be unhappy with his team's slump. (©GettyImages).

Tuesday's goalless draw with Ukraine has hurt England hard as they have slipped three places to 17th in the latest FIFA rankings.

England were criticised for their performance by fans and pundits alike as they failed to create genuine chances and left a lot to be desired. Though the draw means that they have their World Cup fate in their own hands, they still have to possibly beat both Montenegro and Poland in their last remaining group matches. Consequentially, Ukraine have risen two spots to 26.

Spain still top the charts, followed by Argentina, who gained two places to replace Germany. As a result, Joachim Low's team have slid a spot to third. They are followed by Italy, who jumped from their previous sixth place to fourth thanks to their win over Czech Republic which helped them secure a place in the 2014 World Cup.

Uruguay have gained five places and currently lie in seventh, while Belgium have risen from tenth to sixth. The biggest gainers in the top 20 have been the United States who have risen six places to be on 13th after their win against Mexico.

However, Netherlands and Portugal have dropped four places each to be on ninth and 11th respectively, despite the Dutch securing their passage to the World Cup this week,

Wales have slipped six places to 52nd and Scotland 13 rungs to 63rd.The Republic of Ireland, who parted ways with manager Giovanni Trapattoni after the loss to Austria, also dropped 15 spots to 59th.

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