Spain stay top of world rankings

European champions Spain remained top of FIFA's world rankings published on Wednesday while their Iberian neighbours Portugal climbed back into the top 10.

Spain moved 300 points clear of second placed Germany, boosted by their 2-0 win over England in a friendly in Seville last month. As a result of that defeat, England slipped from eighth to ninth.

Portugal, who beat Finland in a friendly last month, moved up to 10th from 12th after dropping out of the top 10 in December. They replaced Turkey, who dropped down to 11th after a 1-1 draw in a friendly with Ivory Coast in February.

Russia climbed one place up to eighth despite not playing in February.

Norway, who beat Germany 1-0 in a friendly in Duesseldorf were one of the month's biggest movers, climbing 11 places to 45th.

The standings are based on team's performances over the last four years.

FIFA RANKINGS

(previous positions in brackets)

1. (1) Spain

2. (2) Germany

3. (3) Netherlands

4. (4) Italy

5. (5) Brazil

6. (6) Argentina

7. (7) Croatia

8. (9) Russia

9. (8) England

10. (12) Portugal

11. (10) Turkey

12. (11) France

13. (12) Czech Republic

14. (14) Ukraine

15. (15) Paraguay

16. (16) Cameroon

17. (20) United States

18. (18) Israel

19. (19) Greece

20. (17) Romania


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