Spain remains top in FIFA World Ranking as Netherlands drops to fourth

Stefan Coerts
Spain remains top in FIFA World Rankings as Netherlands drops to fourth, United States at 29th

Spain has maintained top position in the latest FIFA World Ranking as the champion in South Africa 2010 continues to be the team to beat.

Germany climbed one spot in the table up to number two, with 2011 Copa America winner Uruguay moving into third position.

Despite not playing any games in the past month, losing World Cup finalist the Netherlands has dropped two places in the ranking, and now sits fourth.

Portugal leapfrogged Brazil (sixth) and England (seventh) to move up to fifth, with Croatia (eighth), Denmark (ninth) and Argentina completing the top 10.

Italy slipped three places and now sits 12th in the ranking, behind Russia and ahead of Chile.

Cote d'Ivoire is the best-placed African team on the list at number 15 despite losing the 2012 African Nations Cup in February to Zambia (40th). Australia is Asia's highest-ranked representative in 21st position.

Mexico glided up two spots to 20th, with the United States slipping two down to 29th spot.