ZURICH (AP) – Spain's successful defense of the European Championship extended its lead atop FIFA's world rankings, and runner-up Italy climbed six places to No. 6.
The surge in points for European teams dropped Brazil six places to No.11, its worst position since the rankings began in 1993. The 2014 World Cup host was hurt by not playing any competitive matches recently.
Germany, which lost a semifinal to Italy, climbed one spot to second, edging South American champion Uruguay into third.
England rose two places to No. 4 despite having failed to reach the semifinals of a major tournament since 1996.
Portugal's run to the Euro semifinals lifted it five to No. 5.
Argentina held at No. 7, and the Netherlands dropped four to No. 8.
Croatia and Denmark complete the top 10.