England slip to sixth

Spain head list; Holland and Brazil climb; Argentina back in top 10

Vicente del Bosque: World and European champions Spain top the rankings

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England have slipped to sixth in the latest FIFA world rankings, with world and European champions Spain still heading the list.

Holland, who saw off the Three Lions in a friendly date at Wembley in their last outing, return to second spot - trading places with Germany.

Joachim Low's side lost 2-1 to France last time out, but that success is not enough to lift Les Bleus back into the top ten.

Argentina are, however, back among that group, with a Lionel Messi hat-trick in a 3-1 win against Switzerland seeing them climb three places to eighth.

Brazil are also on the rise, with the five-time world champions moving from seventh to fifth on the back of a 2-1 victory over Bosnia.

Holding firm

Uruguay complete the South American contingent, with the 2010 World Cup semi-finalists and reigning Copa America champions holding firm in fourth.

Portugal, Italy and Croatia also find themselves inside the top 10 and will all be on show at this summer's European Championship.

Wales have dropped six places to 48th, just in front of Scotland, who are joint 51st with Iran following a fall of three places.

The Republic of Ireland have moved up one to 19th, whilst Northern Ireland are now just one place ahead of Qatar in 87th.

FIFA world rankings (last month's positions in brackets):

1. (1) Spain

2. (3) Netherlands

3. (2) Germany

4. (4) Uruguay

5. (7) Brazil

6. (5) England

7. (6) Portugal

8. (11) Argentina

9. (8) Italy

10. (9) Croatia