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England move UP the FIFA world rankings to fourth in the world.
England have almost certainly gone ahead of Brazil because the latter have been playing friendlies while England have played competitive games. THis coupled with a year's worth of previous games just having been erased from the stats.
It is also worth noting that even though England are ranked 4th at the moment, this does not give the true reflection of how far behind they are the number one team Spain (or how close they are to Brazil). Spain have 1871 points, England have 1146. The difference between the two is 725 points - a gap that would be ranked 35th in the world if it were a team. England are only 16 points ahead of Brazil. That will alter within a month.
It should also be said that England gain from playing in the UEFA Confederation, whose games score more highly than those played elsewhere. And, generally, England do ok between tournaments when it comes to qualifying, it's just that they rarely get beyond the quarterfinals once they get there.
wasn't paying attention