World Cup - England drop below Costa Rica in FIFA rankings

England have slumped to 20th in the latest FIFA rankings after the World Cup, with winners Germany replacing Spain at the top.

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World Cup - England drop below Costa Rica in FIFA rankings

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England manager Roy Hodgson must look to rebuild after a disappointing World Cup

Roy Hodgson's side failed to win a match in Brazil, where they exited the group stage, and as a result have fallen below the likes of Colombia, who are up to fourth, Chile, Greece and United States, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Costa Rica, who England secured their only point against at the World Cup, have also moved ahead of Hodgson's men and into 16th.

England are now only seven places ahead of Scotland, who are 27th. Wales are 44th, with Northern Ireland up one spot to 89, while Republic of Ireland are ranked 70th.

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England departed the World Cup at the group stage (Reuters)

Hosts Brazil are down four places to seventh after being thumped 7-1 in their semi-final by Germany and then beaten by Netherlands, who have jumped 12 positions into third behind runners-up Argentina.

Like England, holders Spain also failed to qualify for the knockout stages and now find themselves in eighth place. Other European sides who struggled at the World Cup were Portugal, down in 11th, and Italy, now in 14th place.

Belgium's run to the quarter-finals in Brazil sees them up six places to fifth while France, beaten by Germany in their last-eight showdown, are back up into the top 10.

England will look to build again in the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, when they will be in a group with Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and San Marino.

It is England's lowest ranking since 1995 (21st).

Top 20 ranked teams

1 Germany

2 Argentina

3 Holland

4 Colombia

5 Belgium

6 Uruguay

7 Brazil

8 Spain

9 Switzerland

10 France

11 Portugal

12 Chile

13 Greece

14 Italy

15 USA

16 Costa Rica

17 Croatia

18 Mexico

19 Bosnia-Herzegovina

20 England

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