US heads FIFA women's rankings, England rises to No 3

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2016, file photo, United States defender Ali Krieger (11) controls the ball during a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament soccer match against Costa Rica in Frisco, Texas. Krieger was named to the U.S. women's national team roster Thursday, March 21, 2019, for exhibition matches against Australia and Belgium as the team prepares for the World Cup in France starting in June. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

The United States heads the FIFA women's rankings two months before defending its World Cup title, and England rises above host France

ZURICH — The United States heads the FIFA women's rankings two months before defending its Women's World Cup title, and England has risen above host France.

The U.S. and Germany are unchanged in the top two positions, with England at No. 3 after winning the four-nation SheBelieves Cup this month.

France dropped one place to No. 4, followed by Canada and Australia.

Japan, the 2015 World Cup runner-up, is at No. 7, swapping places with the European champion Netherlands at No. 8.

Sweden and Brazil complete the top 10.

FIFA says a record 155 women's teams, from 211 member federations, are ranked.

The 24-nation World Cup is played from June 7-July 7.

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