Belgium up to sixth, England slump in FIFA world rankings

Updated: 13 September 2013 08:43 IST

Reigning European and world champions Spain remain in first place, with Argentina - who this week clinched qualification for next year's World Cup in Brazil - up to second ahead of Germany.

Paris:

Belgium's rise as a footballing power has been underlined in the latest FIFA rankings, published on Thursday, in which the Red Devils climbed to sixth place.

However, England continued to slide down the list despite collecting four points from their last two World Cup qualifiers.

Reigning European and world champions Spain remain in first place, with Argentina - who this week clinched qualification for next year's World Cup in Brazil - up to second ahead of Germany.

Italy and Colombia complete the top five, but Belgium have climbed four places to sixth this month.

Marc Wilmots' side are on the verge of qualifying for next year's World Cup, having failed to reach a major tournament finals since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

It is the continuation of a stunning rise for a nation who were down in 53rd place in August last year.

England's ranking of 17th is their lowest since 2001, but they were not the only nation to slide down the list.

Bosnia-Herzegovina dropped five places to 18th and the Netherlands slid four to ninth, despite this week qualifying for the World Cup finals.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland rocketed up 23 places to 86th, despite a midweek loss away to the minnows of Luxembourg.

Leading rankings as of September 12

1. Spain

2. Argentina (+2 places)

3. Germany (-1)

4. Italy (+2)

5. Colombia (-2)

6. Belgium (+4)

7. Uruguay (+5)

8. Brazil (+1)

9. Netherlands (-4)

10. Croatia (-2)

11. Portugal (-4)

12. Greece (-1)

13. USA (+6)

14. Switzerland (+1)

15. Russia (+)

16. Chile (+5)

17. England (-3)

18. Bosnia-Herzegovina (-5)

19. Ivory Coast (-1)

20. Ecuador (-3)

21. Mexico (-1)

22. Sweden (+8)

23. Denmark (+4)

24. Ghana

25. France (-2)

Topics : Football Bayern Munchen Federation Internationale de Football Association
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