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Spain remain third in the FIFA world rankings

Updated classifications for the top sides in the world have Belgium leading the way with Argentina and Spain following behind. Venezuela is the biggest riser.

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Aitor MartínDiario AS

The Spanish national team remains in third position of the FIFA world rankings for the best international sides. Belgium sit at the top of the list with Argentina (Messi, Aguero et al) also ahead of Del Bosque's squad. The only change in the top 20 sees Italy move up one place to 14th, overtaking the Netherlands.

La Roja have accumulated 1,374 points, with 1,506 for the 'Red Devils' and 1,457 for the 'Albiceleste', while world champions Germany and Chile complete the top 5.

England maintain their place in 9th just ahead of Austria who are keeping out Luis Suarez's Uruguay from the top ten. The natonal sides for Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale stay in strong positions with Columbia 8th and Wales 17th. Portugal, lead by Cristiano Ronaldo maintain their 7th place and will look to gather more momentum heading into the Euros this summer.

The USA climb two places to sit in 30th position just behind both the Republic and Northern Ireland, the latter of which has the edge at 28th.

According to FIFA, the national teams that have gained most in the latest figures are Venezuela and Armenia. The 'Vinotinto' (Burgundy) have moved up six places to 75th in the world, with the Armenians (known as the 'Havakakan', or 'The Collective Team') climbing seven places to 116th.

1. Belgium

2. Argentina

3. Spain

4. Germany

5. Chile

6. Brazil

7. Portugal

8. Colombia

9. England

10. Austria

You can see where all the teams sit here...


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