FIFA have just published their latest rankings and Mark Sampson’s England team has climbed up a place to regain fourth place.

The latest rankings takes into account all the March international friendly tournaments – the SheBelieves Cup, the Algarve Cup, the Cyprus Cup and the Istria Cup.

England beat the USA and lost by a single goal to France and Germany during that period.

It is quite interesting to note that from the top 10 teams, six of them dropped points, and two of them kept the same number. Only two teams saw an increase – France, who gained 31 points to reach 2072, and North Korea who gained one to reach 1953.

The USA have lost the number one spot for the first time since March 2015, with Germany overtaking them again.

France are closing the gap on the top two teams in third place, while England and Canada complete the top five.

  1. Germany 2108  points +1 place
  2. USA 2105 points -1
  3. France 2072 points =
  4. England 2022 points +1
  5. Canada 2017 points -1
  6. Japan 1977 points +1
  7. Sweden 1977 points +2
  8. Australia 1984 points -2
  9. Brazil 1961 points =
  10. North Korea 1953 points =

Scotland are stable with 1793 points in 21st place, the Republic of Ireland have gone up two places, with 1632 points into 32nd place. Wales have moved up one place to 35th with 1611 points and Northern Ireland have moved up four places with 1405 points into 55th place.

The next FIFA World Rankings will be published on 23 June, following another period of friendly games and just before the 2017 Euros which will be played in Netherlands.