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FIFA world rankings: Mexico, Jamaica and U.S. move up

FIFA world rankings: Mexico, Jamaica and U.S. move up
John Brooks (6), Fabian Johnson (23), and Mix Deskerud (10) of the United States men's national team. (Mark Zaleski / Associated Press)

Mexico and Jamaica, who met in last month's CONCACAF Gold Cup final, made significant jumps in the latest FIFA world rankings while the U.S., which reached the semifinals of the tournament, moved up a modest five places to No. 29 overall.

Mexico, which won the Gold Cup, jumped 14 spots to 26th in the world although Coach Miguel Herrera didn't get to stick around to enjoy that. He was fired two days after the tournament ended.

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Jamaica was one of the biggest movers in the FIFA poll, going from 76th at the start of July to 55 Thursday, its best ranking since 2011.

There were changes in the top 10 as well. Argentina remained No. 1, but Belgium and Germany exchanged places with the World Cup champions falling a spot to third. Colombia remained fourth while Brazil, Portugal, Romania, England, Wales and Chile all moved up a spot to complete the top 10.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, fell further than any team in the top 65, falling seven places to 12th overall.

The top 30:

1. Argentina

2. Belgium

3. Germany

4. Colombia

5. Brazil

6. Portugal

7. Romania

8. England

9. Wales

10. Chile

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11. Spain

12. The Netherlands

13. Croatia

14. (tie) Slovakia

Austria

16. Italy

17. Switzerland

18. Uruguay

19. Algeria

20. Czech Republic

21. Ivory Coast

22. Albania

23. France

24. Iceland

25. Denmark

26. Mexico

27. Ghana

28. Bosnia and Herzegovina

29. USA

30.Ukraine

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