The November 2011 edition of the FIFA world rankings confirms that England are currently the fifth best footballing nation in the world.
England’s back-to-back 1-0 home victories over defending World and European champions Spain and Sweden has seen Fabio Capello’s side move up two places from seventh.
But let’s not get too carried away just yet.
Spain are still top of the pile on 1,564 points.
The Dutch are second on 1,365 and are 20 points clear of third placed Germany who recently beat the men in Orange 3-0.
Reigning South America champions Uruguay are fourth on 1,309 points.
England are 136 points behind Uruguay on 1,173 points.
We are only 30 points ahead of Brazil who drop a place, and 73 points ahead of Portugal (up one) in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Croatia are up four places to eighth on 1,091 points.
Italy are down three to ninth on 1,082 points and Argentina remain tenth on 1,067 points.
Having secured their place in Euro 2012, the Republic of Ireland have moved up four places to 21st on 864 points.
Scotland are up two places to 49th on 599 points, just one place and eight points clear of Wales.
Wales drop five places despite beating world number 25 Norway 4-1 in their last game because of the complex way the rankings are calculated.
Northern Ireland also fell five places to 89th and have 403 points to their name.
The biggest gainer this month was Lebanon who after stunning South Korea 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier rocketed up 35 places to 111th with 305 points.
The biggest faller was Dominica, who fell 21 places to 173rd on 90 points.
Rankings fans (like me) would also like to welcome back São Tomé e Príncipe.
They played their first matches in eight years in the first round of the African section of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, losing 0-5 and drawing 1-1 against Congo.
Because of their lengthy hiatus they had dropped out of the rankings, but their away draw earned them 27 points and 192nd place in the rankings.
Currently, American Samoa (more on them soon), Andorra, Montserrat, Samoa and San Marino all prop-up the rankings table in joint 204th place with zero points to their names.
But watch this space with regards to the two Samoas.