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Zurich - Germany's charge to claim Sunday's World Cup title has seen them
return to the top of FIFA's world rankings for the first time in around
The latest list, published on Thursday, has Germany
moving up one place on the strength of their 1-0 defeat of Argentina ar
Rio de Janeiro's Maracana.
Lionel Messi's Argentina are placed
second, an improvement of three places, with the Netherlands leaping 12
rungs into third after their impressive World Cup third place finish.
James Rodriguez-inspired Colombia move up to fourth (+4), ahead of
Belgium (+6) and Uruguay while disappointing Brazil dropped four spots
Deposed world champions Spain slumped seven spots to
their new modest placing of eighth, with Switzerland and France (+7)
completing the top ten.
Costa Rica's remarkable charge to the quarter-finals was rewarded with a jump of 12 places to 16th.
England's woeful first round exit resulted in Roy Hodgson's side dropping ten places to 20th.
Latest FIFA rankings
1. Germany (+1)
2. Argentina (+3)
3. Netherlands (+12)
4. Colombia (+4)
5. Belgium (+6)
6. Uruguay (+1)
7. Brazil (-4)
8. Spain (-7)
9. Switzerland (-3)
10. France (+7)
11. Portugal (-7)
12. Chile (+2)
13. Greece (-1)
14. Italy (-5)
15. USA (-2)
16. Costa Rica (+12)
17. Croatia (+1)
18. Mexico (+2)
19. Bosnia and Hercegovina (+2)
20. England (-10)
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