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Spain remain top of the latest FIFA World Rankings, despite their recent Confederations Cup final defeat to Brazil, with Germany just behind in second place. 

Brazil climb all the way from 22nd to ninth after their 3-0 win over Spain in the final of the Confederations cup last week.

Italy climb from eighth to sixth after their third place finish at the same competition but England drop from ninth to 15th England and are now five places outside of the top ten. For the first time since their failure to qualify for the European Championships back in 2008.

Columbia are a shock third, their highest ever position, climbing up four places since the last release of rankings as Argentina drop below them in fourth.

Netherlands move up four places to fifth, whilst Croatia and Portugal fall to seventh and eighth and Belgium (who are in their highest ever position), Greece, Ivory Coast and Bosnia are all ahead of England.

Good news for Scotland, who are the second highest movers, with a 24 place leap, Republic of Ireland have dropped to 44th for the first time in six years with Wales in 46th and Northern Ireland have taken a small leap to 111th.

Other big movers include, Mexico are in 20th place, The United States are up to 22nd, Japan are in 37th place and New Zealand are up two places to 55th and Tahiti drop 16 places after their disastrous run in the Confederations Cup to 154th.

England women's team are now ranked seventh whilst Scotland's women are ranked at 21st.

 

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