FIFA rankings: France number one, Croatia and England soar

France's triumphant World Cup campaign has moved them to the top of FIFA's world rankings, while Germany's fall from grace is underlined.

France celebrate against Croatia   -  Getty Images

World Cup glory has propelled France to the top of FIFA's latest world rankings, with the impact of Russia 2018 felt for better or worse among a number of football's heavyweight nations.

Didier Deschamps' team claimed its country's second world title with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in Moscow last month and move up six places to the top of the pile.

These are the first set of rankings released under FIFA's new formula that "relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period".

Germany has been hit hard by this – the deposed world champions toppling from first to 15th after its group-stage exit at Russia 2018, while Lionel Messi and Argentina also drop out of the top 10 with a fall of six places to 11th.

Croatia's surprise run to the final made it the biggest movers – up 16 to fourth, while beaten semifinalist England climbs from 12th to sixth. Uruguay is into the top 10, but eight of those sides are European.

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FIFA world rankings:

1. France
2. Belgium
3. Brazil
4. Croatia
5. Uruguay
6. England
7. Portugal
8. Switzerland
9. Spain
10. Denmark

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