World Cup quarter-finalists Scotland are up to 11th in the latest world rugby league rankings announced on Friday.
England face France in Wigan on Saturday as they bid to reach the last four of the World Cup.
Kevin Sinfield says the sudden-death nature of the Super League play-offs will help England in the Cup's knock-out phase
Samoa will play Fiji in the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup following a 22-6 victory over France.
France coach Richard Agar insists his side will need to find a big improvement if they are to topple England.
France captain Olivier Elima is hoping to make home advantage count when his side meet Samoa in Perpignan on Monday.
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