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USMNT move up one place in latest FIFA world rankings, Belgium second

Switzerland v USA - International Friendly

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 31: Michael Bradley of the USA applauds the fans after the international friendly match between Switzerland and the United States at Stadium Letzigrund on March 31, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images)

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Ahead of their friendlies against the Netherlands and Germany in the next week, the U.S. national team moved up a spot in the latest batch of FIFA world rankings.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s side now sit in 27th, as the Stars and Stripes hope to get back into the top 20 with positive results against the Oranje and Die Mannschaft in the coming days.

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Germany remain in top spot but Belgium moved up to an all-time high of second as Argentina slipped to third. Rounding off the top five are Colombia in fourth and Brazil in fifth. France moved back into the top 10 and are in ninth place, while Holland and Portugal stay steady in sixth and seventh respectively. Uruguay remain in eighth and Spain sit in 10th.

Six European teams and four South American nations make up the top 10, while the USA’s CONCACAF rivals Costa Rica moved up to 14th but Mexico slipped to 23rd.

Here’s the top 20 in the FIFA world rankings:

1. Germany
2. Belgium
3. Argentina
4. Colombia
5. Brazil
6. Netherlands
7. Portugal
8. Uruguay
9. France
10. Spain
11. Switzerland
12. Romania
13. Italy
14. Costa Rica
15. England
16. Czech Republic
17. Slovakia
18. Croatia
19. Chile
20. Austria

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