First rankings since World Cup sees Ireland make a climb

First rankings since World Cup sees Ireland make a climb

First rankings since World Cup sees Ireland make a climb

France defeated Croatia 4-2 to claim their second ever World Cup title, and jumped up six places to reclaim the number one spot they last held in May 2002.

England made the semi-finals of the World Cup, and while they didn't quite have enough to get beyond Croatia and into the final, the Three Lions' display in Russian Federation represented their best performance at the tournament in almost three decades.

Australia's winless tournament saw the side drop seven places - among the worst falls from the teams who flopped in Russian Federation - to No.43 in the world.

In the rankings, France are number one in the world due to their World Cup triumph, Belgium are ranked second and Croatia made a huge leap from 16th in the world to fourth.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association have released the latest world rankings with lots of movement that saw France become the new leaders and Germany drop out of the top 10.

Uruguay lost to eventual winners France in the quarter-finals and the fifth-ranked South Americans are the only other team ranked higher than England.

The previous update to the standings had been back in early June.

England, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark make up the top ten countries in the World.

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Hosts Russia improved from No. 70 to No. 49 after reaching the quarterfinals and Egypt, who lost all three group-stage games, dropped from No. 45 to No. 65.

Italy, meanwhile, have fallen to an all-time low of 21st following their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Northern Ireland have also moved up two places - they are still ahead of the Republic in 27th.

Ireland are now 29th in the world, moving up two places from 31.

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