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Germany top latest FIFA rankings

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Germany have claimed the top spot in the latest FIFA rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final to become world champions for the fourth time in their history.

Spain were on top of the world rankings for six years after winning the 2008 and 2012 Euros and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Spain's fall from grace

La Roja have dropped down to eighth place after a terrible World Cup campaign, finishing in third place in their group behind the Netherlands and Chile.

The World Cup hosts Brazil have dropped four places down to seventh in the rankings. Brazil were humiliated in the semi-finals by Germany 7-1 and lost to the Netherlands 3-0 in the third-place play-off.

England plummet 

England have dropped dramatically in the world rankings to 20th place. Roy Hodgson's squad had a terrible World Cup, losing to Uruguay and Italy and finishing rock bottom of the group with 1 point. England find themselves behind Bosnia (19th place) and Greece (13th place).

Belgium and Colombia also climbed up the ladder dramatically. Both nations where knocked out in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Colombia are in a impressive fourth place whilst Belgium have climbed six places to fifth place.

Netherlands and Costa Rica climb

The highest climbers in the top 20 were the Netherlands and Costa Rica, who have both climbed 12 places.

Holland, who made it to the semi-finals and finished third overall, are now 3rd in the rankings. Costa Rica are now 16th after a brilliant World Cup for the CONCACAF nation.

Costa Rica amazingly finished top of Group D ahead of Uruguay and Italy, and then made it to the quarter-finals after beating Greece on penalties. However they were knocked out by the Dutch on penalties.  

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