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By ESPN Staff
Jan 17, 2007

Germany leapfrog England in World rankings

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Germany replaced England in fifth place in January's FIFA World ranking list on Wednesday - one of only two minor movements in the top 20 positions.

With only 31 internationals played - mainly friendlies by Asian teams - since the last ranking list was issued in mid-December, the results had little impact in a traditionally quiet time for international soccer.

Germany moved up because of the devalued impact of older results used in the points calculation.

Brazil stayed in first place ahead of world champions Italy, followed by Argentina, France and Germany rounding out the top five positions, with England slipping to sixth.

The only other movement in the top 20 positions saw Egypt improve eight places to move up to 19th with Romania slipping back to 20th.

Top 20 positions:
1. Brazil 1588 points
2. Italy 1560
3. Argentina 1551
4. France 1523
5. Germany 1363
6. England 1359
7. Netherlands 1305
8. Portugal 1258
9. Nigeria 1244
10. Czech Republic 1190
11. Cameroon 1160
12. Spain 1154
13. Ukraine 1054
14. Sweden 958
15. Croatia 948
16. Greece 945
17. Switzerland 937
18. Ivory Coast 919
19. Egypt 918
20. Romania 912