Spain leads FIFA rankings, Netherlands up to No. 2
Published: March 7, 2012 8:27 AM
By The Associated Press
ZURICH - (AP) -- World and European champion Spain remained at the top of FIFA's monthly world rankings on Wednesday, and the United States rose four places to No. 27 with a win over Italy for its highest place since June.
The Netherlands beat England 3-2 in an exhibition last week and retook the No. 2 spot fromGermany, which lost 2-1 to France.
Uruguay is at No. 4, followed by 2014 World Cup host Brazil, which rose two places after beatingBosnia-Herzegovina 2-1.
England and Portugal, which drew 0-0 with Poland, each fell one place to sixth and seventh, respectively.
Argentina climbed three places to No. 8, and Italy and Croatia completed the top 10.