Belgium tops FIFA rankings but England on the rise

England snatches fourth place from World Cup finalists Croatia after defeating Czech Republic and Montenegro in the Euro 2020 qualifier.

Belgium has the top spot in the FIFA rankings.   -  AFP

Belgium holds on to top spot in the latest FIFA world football rankings released on Thursday while England is on the rise, snatching fourth place from World Cup finalist Croatia. The top three positions are unchanged with World Cup winner France in second spot ahead of Brazil, in third.

England moves up one place on the strength of convincing Euro 2020 qualifier wins against the Czech Republic and Montenegro last month while Croatia, which reached the 2018 World Cup final before losing to France, retreats one place to fifth.

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Germany, rebuilding following its humiliating exit from the 2018 World Cup after the group phase, is also moving up. It rises three places to 13th on the back of its victory over the Netherlands in the Euro qualifiers last month.

Austria slid 11 places, the biggest drop in the rankings, after Euro qualifier defeats by Poland and Israel in March.

FIFA rankings
  • 1. Belgium
  • 2. France
  • 3. Brazil
  • 4. England (+1)
  • 5. Croatia (-1)
  • 6. Uruguay (+1)
  • 7. Portugal (-1)
  • 8. Switzerland
  • 9. Spain
  • 10. Denmark
  • ...
  • 13. Germany (+3)
  • 16. Netherlands (-2)
  • 33. Austria (-11)