Brazil soar, England tumble in latest FIFA rankings

World and European champion Spain tops the rankings despite losing the final last Sunday. Italy, third-placed at the Confederations Cup, climbs to No. 6. Uruguay rises seven to No. 12 after finishing fourth.

updated: July 04, 2013 16:22 IST
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Paris: Confederations Cup champions Brazil climbed up 13 places to ninth in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday, while England continued their slide as they dropped down to 15th.

Despite a heavy defeat against hosts Brazil, who secured a record third straight Confederations Cup title, in Sunday's final, Spain continue to lead the way atop the rankings ahead of Germany and Colombia, with the South American nation moving into the top three for the first time after rising four spots.

Argentina dropped one place to fourth, but the biggest losers inside the top 10 were England as Roy Hodgson's side fell six places after consecutive draws against Montenegro, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

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