United States drop in FIFA World Rankings; England move up three

United States forward Clint Dempsey fights for the ball with Ukraine's Olexandr Kucher (L) and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk.

The United States have dropped one place to 14th in the latest FIFA World Rankings following their defeat by Ukraine earlier this month.

Jurgen Klinsmann fielded an experimental side for the game in Cyprus, but his gamble failed to pay off after goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Devic gave Ukraine a 2-0 victory.

England have risen to 12th following their 1-0 defeat of Denmark last week.

England climbed three places from the last rankings published in February, knocking Chile, the USA and Greece down the table.

Wales also saw a positive change in position after beating Iceland 3-1 on 5th March. They have now crept into the top 50 with 609 points and are in 49th place.

Despite defeating Poland 1-0 in their international, Scotland have dropped three places since last month but remain 37th in the table, 11 points ahead of Turkey.

Northern Ireland drew with Cyprus 0-0 in Nicosia and dropped one place to 86th. They remain three points behind Uganda who also dropped down one position.

The top five teams remain unchanged from last month; Spain are still ranked first in the world almost 200 points ahead of second-placed Germany.

England’s highest ranking position since the creation of the world rankings in 1993 was fourth place, achieved in 1997.