Spain tops FIFA rankings, England up to No. 5

Updated: 23 November 2011 15:32 IST

World and European champion Spain stay atop FIFA's monthly world rankings, despite losing  a friendly to England which climbs two places to No. 5.

Spain tops FIFA rankings, England up to No. 5

Zurich:

World and European champion Spain stay atop FIFA's monthly world rankings, despite losing  a friendly to England which climbs two places to No. 5.

The Netherlands remain second but third-placed Germany narrowed the gap after winning 3-0 in a friendly between the sides.

South American champion Uruguay also closed on the top three, beating Chile and No. 9 Italy to remain unbeaten in 13 matches. Brazil fall one place to No. 6.

Portugal and Croatia won 2012 European Championship playoffs and rise to seventh and eighth respectively.

Ivory Coast lead African teams at No. 16 and 19th-placed Japan is the best Asian team.

Mexico rise two to No. 20 and heads CONCACAF members.



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