Hungary draw sees England tumble down Fifa rankings after hitting all-time high

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England’s draw with Hungary would drop them to fifth in the October world rankings.

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Gareth Southgate’s team matches the Three Lions’ highest ever rating when they dropped to third last month.

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England’s disappointing draw with Hungary means they will slip down the FIFA rankingscredit: Rex

But when the next set of numbers are unveiled they will overtake Nations League winners France and Euro 2020 champions Italy.

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Belgium, which has been at the top of the list for more than three years, will retain its place in the summit clash despite consecutive defeats to France and Italy.

But if Tait’s side beat Uruguay in Manaus on Friday morning, their advantage over second-placed Brazil will be reduced to just 12 points.

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England could have an advantage of just over five points in next month’s World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

While four points will guarantee them a spot in Qatar 2022, they are in serious danger of falling down to sixth-placed Argentina.

Lionel Messi’s team will play Uruguay, Brazil and Chile next month and they will also get a chance to make their place soon.


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Southgate was not happy with Tuesday’s draw with Hungary, having beaten them 4-0 in Budapest last month.

He said: “Disappointing performance. We didn’t play at the level we need to play, that’s simple.

“It is difficult to decide and we will look at the balance of the team. We made simple mistakes with the ball.

“We have to go away and reflect and not judge things on a game and that experiment.”

The match was clouded by crowd trouble, which saw Hungarian thugs chase back into a tunnel during the first half.

Watch Hungarian thugs attack in the terrifying tunnel stand-off during England’s clash at Wembley

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