England have risen to their best ever position in the Fifa world rankings.
Roy Hodgson's side have moved to third above Uruguay, whose 2011 Copa America victory has lost value in Fifa's system used to determine rankings.
England progressed to the knockout stage of Euro 2012 after they topped their group, but were unable to end their 16-year wait to reach the last four of a major competition as they lost on penalties to Italy at the quarter-final stage.
The Fifa world rankings are compiled every month, with ranking points accumulated according to results, the importance of the matches played and the strength of opposing teams.
World and European champions Spain have retained a comfortable lead at the top ahead of Euro 2012 semi-finalists Germany.
Five-times world champions Brazil, who do not have to qualify for the 2014 World Cup as hosts, continued their fall and have reached a record low of 13th.
1. Spain 2. Germany 3. England 4. Uruguay 5. Portugal 6. Italy 7. Argentina 8. Netherlands 9. Croatia 10. Denmark 11. Russia 12. Greece 13. Brazil 14. France 15. Chile 16. Ivory Coast 17. Sweden 18. Mexico 19. Czech Republic 20. Ecuador
Selected others: 26. Republic of Ireland 37. Wales 46. Scotland 101. Northern Ireland
I mean love him or hate him surely you don't pay that much for a player to loan him to anther club.
Brendan Rodgers doesn't rate him and Carrol's style of play doesn't really fit in with how Liverpool play (same last season).
Rodgers even said that he didn't see the point in having a player who cost £35m sitting on the bench every week because he won't be in his starting 11. Probably makes more sense to get him off the wage bill for a year (supposedly his wages are between £5m to £6m per year)