England's disappointing draw with Hungary sees Gareth Southgate's side tumble down Fifa rankings after all-time high

ENGLAND’S draw with Hungary will drop them to fifth in the October world rankings.

Gareth Southgate’s side matched the Three Lions’ highest-ever rating when they moved up to third last month.

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

Belgium, who have been top of the list for more than three years, will retain their place at the summit despite back to back defeats by France and Italy.

But their advantage over second placed Brazil will drop to just 12 points if Tite’s team beat Uruguay in Manaus in the early hours of Friday morning.

England can only gain a maximum of just over five points from next month’s final World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.

While four points will guarantee them their spot at Qatar 2022, they are at serious risk of dropping below sixth-placed Argentina.

Lionel Messi's side play Uruguay, Brazil and Chile next month with a chance of earning their spot early as well.


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

He said: "Disappointing performance. We did not play at the level we need to play, simple as that.

"It's difficult to pin-point 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 should not judge things on one game and that experiment."

The match was overshadowed by crowd trouble, which saw Hungarian thugsbatter cops and chase them back down a tunnel during the first half.

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