World Cup 2010 - England move up world rankings

Eurosport - Wed, 03 Mar 10:34:00 2010

England and Germany both moved up one place in top 10 of the latest FIFA rankings, while Spain remain on top of the world.

FOOTBALL Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard celebrate after Rooney puts England 1-0 up against Andorra in a World Cup group 6 qualifier at Wembley Stadium, London - 0

Fabio Capello's England, who face African champions Egypt in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday, swapped places in the top 10 of the updated table with Argentina.

England qualified for the World Cup in emphatic fashion, losing only one qualifying match. That defeat came in Ukraine, once their qualification for the finals in South Africa had already been confirmed.

England's Group C opponents USA and Algeria are ranked 18th and 32nd respectively.

Meanwhile, Argentina, managed by legendary player Diego Maradona, scraped through qualifying in their final match with a dramatic win over Uruguay.

European champions Spain remain at the top of the rankings. Vicente del Bosque's team, along with second-placed Brazil, have opened a considerable gap over the rest of the world's top nations, led by third-placed Netherlands.

World champions Italy remain fourth, while Germany rise one place to fifth above Portugal, who only reached this summer's finals after winning a play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina.

France, who also reached South Africa via a play-off, remain in seventh, while 2004 European champions Greece burst into the top 10 after rising above Croatia and Russia, who both failed to qualify for South Africa.

FIFA World Rankings

1) Spain

2) Brazil

3) Netherlands

4) Italy

5) Germany

6) Portugal

7) France

8) England

9) Argentina

10) Greece

...

39) Republic of Ireland

40) Northern Ireland

45) Scotland

76) Wales

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