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Italy move into top five

November 7, 2012
By ESPN staff

Italy have replaced England in the top five of the FIFA World Rankings.

Giorgio Chiellini, Gianluigi Buffon, Roy Hodgson, Steven Gerrard
PA PhotosItaly beat England on penalties at Euro 2012

Spain and Germany remain first and second respectively, while Argentina leapfrog Portugal into third. Italy, who eliminated England en route to reaching the Euro 2012 final, are now fifth after taking ten points from their opening four games in qualification for the World Cup, while Roy Hodgson's men fall to sixth.

Netherlands, Colombia, Russia and Croatia make up the rest of the top ten, while Uruguay drop four places to 11th.

Mexico moved up five places to 14th, one place behind World Cup 2014 hosts Brazil, while France drop five to 18th and a resurgent Belgium side are up ten places to 20th. USA are up five places to 27th.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.