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Spain's Cesc Fabregas, right, jokes with teammates Davi Villa, centre, and Xavi Hernandez, left, during a training session at Las Rozas Sport City near Madrid on November 12, 2009. The latest rankings from FIFA have the Spaniards on top. ((Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images) )

European champion Spain held on to the top spot in the FIFA monthly world rankings released Wednesday by soccer's international governing body.

Spain, the reigning European champion, retained the top ranking for the fifth consecutive month, ahead of Brazil (No. 2), the Netherlands (No. 3) and Portugal (No. 4), which moved up two spots.

World champions Italy (No. 5) and Germany (No. 6) both dropped one place, while England (No. 7) and France (No. 8) swapped spots. The top 10 is rounded out by Argentina and Croatia.

Canada dropped two spots to No. 64, sandwiched between Iran and Macedonia.

FIFA stated that some teams slid in the rankings because points earned from World Cup qualifying games played in March 2009 lost their value.

The United States is the top team from CONCACAF, the soccer confederation that covers North and Central America and the Caribbean, at No. 16.

Canada ranks fifth among CONCACAF nations behind the U.S., Mexico (No. 17), Honduras (No. 36) and Costa Rica (No. 42).

Six countries — Monserrat, San Marino, Papua New Guinea, Anguilla, American Samoa and Central African Republic — are tied for last at No. 202.

The next FIFA ranking will be published on April 28.