France up to third in FIFA rankings, Belgium still top

ZURICH (AP) – France’s Nations League title moved the country’s national team up to third in yesterday’s FIFA rankings.

France, who won the 2018 World Cup, still trail both top-ranked Belgium and second-ranked Brazil.

The Belgians, who lost to France in the semifinals of both the World Cup and the Nations League, have been at the top of the rankings for three years.

Belgium added more ranking points than France with a better record so far in the current World Cup qualifying programme and in the group stage and knockout rounds of this year’s European Championship.

Euro 2020 champion Italy rose one place to number four and England dropped two to number five. The top 10 is completed by Copa America champion Argentina, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and Denmark.

The rankings are likely to come into play when FIFA makes the seedings for the next World Cup draw, set for April 1 in Doha, Qatar.

Senegal is Africa’s best-ranked nation at 20th, while Iran is the highest-ranked Asian nation at 22nd.

World Cup host Qatar, the 2019 Asian Cup champion, stand at 46th.