Zurich: World and European champions Spain remain at the top of FIFA's monthly world rankings while the Netherlands have regained the second spot and Argentina return to the top 10.
The Dutch, who beat England 3-2 in a friendly last week, retook the No. 2 spot from Germany after trading places for one month. The Germans lost 2-1 to France.
Uruguay are at No. 4, followed by Brazil who rose two places to fifth. England and Portugal each fell one place to sixth and seventh respectively.
Argentina climbed three places to No. 8, and Italy and Croatia completed the top 10.
Ivory Coast are the highest African team at No. 15.
Australia, at No. 20, head Asian confederation nations and are the top seed in a 10-nation draw for the final round of 2014 World Cup qualifying on Friday.