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Football: India moves up to 146 in FIFA rankings; Brazil re-enter top 10

India moved a place up to 146 in the latest FIFA rankings while five-time world champion Brazil roared back to the top-10 on the back of their triumph in the recently-concluded Confederations Cup.

India have 178 points in their kitty. This is their second highest rank in the past three years. India were ranked 143rd in March 2013 but had dropped to 150th by May. 

Colombia are ranked third after a strong World Cup qualifying results, which also lifted Belgium into the top 10 for the first time. 

Argentina were ranked third followed by the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal and Croatia.

Ecuador dropped out of the top 10 as well, from 10th to 18th place. 

Confederations Cup champions Brazil climbed up 13 places to ninth in the latest FIFA world rankings released Thursday.

Brazil (1095 points) shot from 22nd to the ninth place after winning all five matches at the Confederations Cup, culminating in Sunday's 3-0 demolition of Spain in the final at Rio de Janeiro. 

Neymar (L) and defender Marcelo
Brazil forward Neymar (L) and defender Marcelo. Pic/AFP 

Despite the defeat against hosts Brazil in the Confed Cup final, world and European champions Spain (1532 points) continue to lead the way atop the rankings ahead of Germany and Colombia, which climbed four places to a personal best third, thanks to some impressive performances in the World Cup qualifiers.

Cote d'Ivoire leads African teams at No.13 while Africa's second best team Ghana dropped three places to 24th.

Japan, which also played at the Confederations Cup, leads Asia at No.37 while New Zealand is Oceania's best at No.55, up by two.

England's national football team has plummeted to 15th position in the latest FIFA world rankings, their lowest rank since they failed to qualify for the 2008 European Championship.

England, who were ranked ninth, dropped six places and are now below the likes of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ivory Coast and Greece.

England were ranked third till August 2012 but draws in their last few outings saw them drop drastically.

Under Steve McLaren, the English team had dropped to 15th after they failed to qualify for the Euros in September 2008. 

Rankings as of July 4:

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Colombia
4. Argentina
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Portugal
8. Croatia
9. Brazil
10. Belgium

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