England up to third without playing game

England have reached their highest ever FIFA world ranking of third place without even playing a game.

They leap-frogged Uruguay because the points which the South American side earned in winning the Copa America one year ago lost some of their value under the complicated system of co-efficients used to determine the rankings.

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There were few other changes with only 12 full internationals played in the last month.

Spain are top while five-times world champions Brazil remained outside the top 10.

South Sudan have entered the rankings for the first time after playing their inaugural full international last month.

A 2-2 draw at home to Uganda in a friendly played in Juba on July 10 has put South Sudan 199th in the 209-team table.

South Sudan, which became fully independent last year, joined FIFA in May after being voted in at the annual Congress.

The team, made up nearly entirely of home-based players, is coached by widely-travelled Serb Zoran Djordjevic, who has also taken charge of Yemen, Sudan and Bangladesh in a career which has taken him around Africa and Asia.

Rankings (previous ranking):

1. (1) Spain 2. (2) Germany 3. (4) England 4. (3) Uruguay 5. (5) Portugal 6. (6) Italy 7. (7) Argentina 8. (8) Netherlands 9. (9) Croatia 10. (10) Denmark