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Argentina continue to lead FIFA Rankings, England slip to 14th

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With only four “A” international games considered for the March edition, there are few changes in the latest FIFA World Ranking. South American heavyweights Argentina and Brazil remain in first and second respectively, and reigning world champions Germany stay third.

The top 20 is the same as it was in February except for two notable exceptions. Poland (12th, up 2) have reached their highest-ever position, joining Wales in joint 12th place ahead of England (14th, down 1), while Egypt (20th, up 3) have broken into the top 20 at the expense of Iceland (23rd, down 3) who have fallen to 23rd largely due to their 1-0 defeat by Mexico in a friendly played on 8 February. An honourable mention also goes out to Burkina Faso (36th, up 2) who, like Poland, are currently in their best-ever position in the ranking.

Further down the table, there are several smaller changes in the top 50, most notably with three teams improving their standing by three or more places: Egypt (20th, up 3), Senegal (28th, up 3) and the Czech Republic (42nd, up 4). With no new teams breaking into the top 50, last month’s regional composition remains untouched: UEFA has 26 teams in the top 50, CAF 11, CONMEBOL 8, CONCACAF 3, the AFC 2 and the OFC 0.

February’s continental leaders have also claimed the same honours for March: Argentina (1st, unchanged), Germany (3rd, unchanged), Mexico (17th, unchanged), Egypt (20th, up 3), Iran (33rd, down 1) and New Zealand (112th, down 1).

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on 6 April 2017.

Summary:

Leader: Argentina (unchanged)

Moves into top 10:   none

Moves out of top 10:  none

Matches played in total: 4

Most matches played:  Andorra, Bermuda, Canada, Honduras, Iceland, Jamaica, Mexico, San Marino (1 match each)

Biggest move by points:  Burkina Faso (up 42 points)

Biggest move by ranks: Suriname (up 9 ranks)

Biggest drop by points: Myanmar (down 30 points)

Biggest drop by ranks: Myanmar (down 13 ranks)

Newly ranked teams: none

Teams that are no longer ranked: none

Inactive teams, not ranked: none