Germany surge to the top

World champions top the latest FIFA rankings, Spain slip down to eighth, England lose 10 spots to sit 20th.

    Germany were second behind Spain prior to the 2014 World Cup [Getty]
    Germany were second behind Spain prior to the 2014 World Cup [Getty]

    Germany has climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years.

    The four-time champions, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the Maracana on Sunday, have replaced Spain in first place as well as succeeding them as world champions.

    Argentina and the Netherlands complete the new-look top three. Spain's title defense surprisingly ended in the group stage, and the team has dropped to eighth place.

    First-round exits also led to Portugal going down seven places to 11th, Italy dropping five to 14th and England plummeting 10 spots to 20th.

    FIFA rankings (top 20):

    1 Germany
    2 Argentina
    3 Netherlands
    4 Colombia
    5 Belgium
    6 Uruguay
    7 Brazil
    8 Spain
    9 Switzerland
    10 France
    11 Portugal
    12 Chile
    13 Greece
    14 Italy
    15 USA
    16 Costa Rica
    17 Croatia
    18 Mexico
    19 Bosnia-Herzegovina
    20 England

    SOURCE: AP


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