Spain stay top dogs as England rejoin top 10

ZURICH - European champions Spain remained on top of the world rankings for a fifth successive month following the publication of the latest FIFA standings on Wednesday.

Spain celebrated back-to-back World Cup qualifying victories over Belgium and Estonia in October to maintain their perfect record in the campaign so far.

Germany, who also won twice in October, have climbed back into second place at the expense of Italy with the world champions paying the price for last month's goalless World Cup qualifying draw in Bulgaria.

After failing to qualify for Euro 2008, England saw their stock improve as they re-entered the top 10 for the first time since the June tournament.

England, who beat Kazakhstan and Belarus in World Cup qualifying last month, are one of only three European sides, along with Spain and Netherlands, to have won all their qualifiers to date. Brazil, the highest ranked of the non-European teams, slipped one place to fifth on Monday, mainly due to their goalless home draw against Colombia on October 15.

FIFA rankings (previous position in brackets):

1. (1) Spain

2. (3) Germany

3. (2) Italy

4. (5) Netherlands

5. (4) Brazil

6. (7) Argentina

7. (6) Croatia

8. (9) Russia

9. (8) Czech Republic

10= (10) Portugal

10= (14) England

12. (11) France

13. (13) Turkey

14. (12) Cameroon

15. (16) Israel

16. (15) Bulgaria

17. (22) Paraguay

18. (17) Greece

19. (18) Romania

20. (19) Ukraine