England manager Gareth Southgate has issued a challenge to his players to top the world rankings.
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The England National team are presently ranked fourth in the FIFA ranking and are looking to displace Argentina in the first position.
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However, Gareth Southgate still wants to push further for the top spot in the FIFA ranking and wants his team to be prepared.
"If we're going to be a top team then the level of performance has got to be spot on every time.
"Am I driven by being ranked number one? Yes, because ultimately you achieve that through consistency and you've got to play well in the tournaments as well because the ranking points are higher in the tournaments.
"Also, it sets behaviours every day on the training pitch, off the training pitch. With the games at the weekend, we might be ranked third in the world at the minute, but we're two places off where we need to be so we can't waste games."
Argentina are currently topping the FIFA ranking, followed by France in second place and Brazil in third. England has been in the top five for five years running.
On November 30, the Three Lions might jump ahead of Brazil to take third place in the world rankings; nevertheless, Southgate is aiming for the top spot.