England stay fourth in Fifa ranking

The reigning world and European champions Spain continue to lead the way ahead of Germany and Argentina, while the Three Lions' win over Brazil keeps them in front of Italy
England remain in fourth position in the latest Fifa world rankings following their friendly victory over Brazil in February, just holding off Italy in fifth place.

Spain continue to hold a comfortable lead over second-placed Germany, with Argentina occupying third spot.

Colombia are the only other non-European team in the top 10, with the South Americans sitting sixth in the table. Portugal, Netherlands, Croatia and Russia complete the top 10.

The Ivory Coast are Africa's highest ranked representative in 13th place, while 2014 World Cup hosts, Brazil, have to settle for 18th position.

Meanwhile, 26th-placed Japan are flying the flag for Asia, well ahead of Australia and Korea Republic.

The main changes are to be found lower down the ranking following the opening qualifiers for the AFC Challenge Cup 2014, with Afghanistan and India among the biggest climbers.

The next Fifa ranking will be published on April 11, 2013.