(Reuters) – World champions the United States women’s soccer team have held on to the top spot in the latest FIFA rankings released on Friday, while England have moved up to third spot behind Germany.
England, coached by former Manchester United defender Phil Neville, secured qualification for next year’s World Cup in France after a 3-0 victory over Wales last month. They pushed France down to fourth in the table.
Australia climbed two spots to sixth on the back of victories over Brazil and Japan in the Tournament of Nations in the United States.
Sweden also rose two places to ninth after their World Cup qualifying win against Denmark.
(Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge)