World Cup-winners Germany remain top of FIFA’s world ranking. While the 2010 World Cup winner Spain are ousted from the top ten positions. Except for Spain, the top ten in the ranking remained the same.

Spain, the 2010 World Cup winner, 2008 and 2012 Euro winners, who crashed out of the competition in the group stages last summer in Brazil are 11th on the list, released by world football’s governing body.

For the first time since 2007, Spain have dropped out of the top 10 positions. Germany are at the top of the pile, based on results over the last four years. While World Cup runners-up Argentina occupy the second position.

Colombia who had a successful World Cup, by reaching the quarters are at third position. While Belgium who also progressed till the last eight in Brazil 2014 are fourth.

However, Netherlands are only at fifth in the list. In Brazil 2014, Netherlands led by Louis Van Gaal secured an impressive third place. After Van Gaal left the national team for Manchester United, both his present as well as past team have been enduring mixed fortunes.

2014 World Cup host Brazil are at sixth, followed by Portugal in seventh and France in Eight. Uruguay are in ninth, while Italy complete the top ten world rankings.

Meanwhile, England have dropped down the order for a second consecutive month. Last month, the Three Lions were at 15th position, but now they have dropped down to 17th in the list. Hence, the likes of Romania and Czech Republic have overtaken them in the list.

Despite winning all four of their Euro 2016 qualifiers so far, England have dropped down two places largely due to the disastrous World Cup they had last time in Brazil. Roy Hodgson’s side were knocked out in the group stage without even winning a single match.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s U.S.A are down by one place. After they were 31st in last month’s ranking, they have fallen below to 32. While Algeria who is at 18th, are the highest-placed African team.

Meanwhile, Romania’s rise to 14 position means they could be seeded when European qualifying groups for the 2018 World Cup are drawn later in July.

 

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