England up to sixth in football world rankings

England have moved up a place to sixth in the latest Coca-Cola Fifa world rankings.

Fabio Capello's side leapfrog Argentina, who have been unimpressive in their World Cup qualifying campaign, while Scotland also go up two spots to 22nd.

Northern Ireland remain 27th, the Republic of Ireland stay 34th, while Wales drop a spot to 74th.

Spain are still comfortably the world's best team, according to the rankings, with Holland their nearest rivals after they overtook fierce rivals Germany.

FIFA RANKINGS

(last month's positions in brackets)

1. (1) Spain

2. (3) Netherlands

3. (2) Germany

4. (5) Italy

5. (4) Brazil

6. (7) England

7. (6) Argentina

8. (8) Croatia

9. (9) Russia

10. (10) France

11. (11) Portugal

12. (14) Turkey

13. (17) Paraguay

14. (15) United States

15. (12) Czech Republic

16. (18) Switzerland

17 = (13) Greece

17 = (16) Uruguay

19. (22) Ukraine

20. (23) Serbia

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