Euro final heartbreak
England suffered Euro 2020 heartbreak at the end of a brilliant summer of football, losing on penalties to Italy after Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho all missed their spot kicks.
However, it still represented an incredibly successful summer, despite the bittersweet ending, as England reached a major final for the first time since 1966, and the whole country united to cheer on their progress.
With World Cup 2022 just over 12 months away, the Three Lions will be hoping for another strong showing in Qatar, where they will be aiming to go one better than this summer. With the talent boasted in their ranks, there is no reason that they cannot do just that.
England move up in the World Rankings
Despite ultimately falling at the final hurdle at the European Championships, England still did enough to climb up the FIFA world rankings, the governing body have today announced. Their finale draw in normal time, and subsequent loss on penalties, saw them secure enough points to leapfrog France, who for their part were knocked out on penalties in the round of 16 by Switzerland.
🇧🇪 Belgium’s reign continues 🔝
🏴 England leapfrog France 🥉
🇱🇾 Libya the biggest climbers 🧗♂️
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) September 16, 2021
The Three Lions were therefore a point better off than Mbappe and co. come the release of the rankings, although both remain firmly in third-place behind Brazil and Belgium, by a whopping 55 and 80 points respectively.
The rankings do reflect a growing optimism around the position of English football, though, with young superstars such as Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka, Mason Mount and Jude Bellingham all excelling for their respective domestic sides.
For the Three Lions, the future looks as bright as it has been for some time.
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This article was edited by Conor Laird.