Ivory Coast rule the roost in Africa

Ivory Coast vs South Africa
Yaya Toure of Ivory Coast holds off challenges by South African players during a friendly match on 12 November.

Ivory Coast are the top African team in the latest Fifa monthly world rankings.

The Elephants have a world ranking of 16 while Ghana are the next best African side in 29th place.

World and European kings Spain continue to lead the global rankings, despite a recent friendly loss to England.

The Ivorian Elephants are also top of the African rankings, ahead of Ghana's Black Stars and the Desert Foxes of Algeria.

Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa, Cape Verde and Tunisia complete the top 10 sides on the continent.

Meanwhile, England have moved up to fifth in the world following their friendly wins over Spain and Sweden.

The Netherlands are second but third-placed Germany narrowed the gap after winning 3-0 in a friendly between the two sides.

South American champions Uruguay closed on the top three after beating Chile in a 2014 World Cup qualifying fixture.

The rankings weigh all international matches over a rolling four-year cycle.

Fifa took account of 131 matches in the past month, including 72 World Cup qualifiers.

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