France won the World Cup in Russia and head FIFA’s new-look ranking.
Les Bleus head up the list published by world football’s governing body, which features a new method of grading international teams.
“The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their point totals, with no devaluation of older games.
Argentina fall to 11th after flattering to deceive on the grandest stage, with both teams now below England, who reached the semi-finals. Gareth Southgate’s men are now sixth.
The top five consists of France, Belgium, Brazil, beaten finalists Croatia and Uruguay. The Three Lions, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark make up the top 10.
Hosts Russia, who sensationally eliminated Spain from the tournament on penalties, rise 21 places to 49th, making them the best mover within the rankings. Mohamed Salah’s Egypt, eliminated in the group stages, fall 20 places to 65th, the largest fall of any team.
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