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Ireland rise in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Ireland rise in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Just three points, however, separate Les Bleus from Russian Federation 2018 semi-finalists Belgium (2nd, up 1), while World Cup runners-up Croatia (4th, up 16) have equalled their record Ranking position, last reached in June 2013.

Unsurprisingly‚ world champions France have taken over at the top of the global list‚ followed by Belgium‚ Brazil‚ losing World Cup finalists Croatia and Uruguay.

The Croatian side who knocked England out in the semi-finals are one of the most significant movers as they rise from 20th to fourth, their joint-highest ranking of all time.

The Socceroos have been overtaken as Asia's top nation in the first Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, which have been refreshed using a new formula, since the 2018 World Cup.

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Belgium, who finished third at the summer tournament, are rated as worldwide football's second-best side, two positions above World Cup runners-up Croatia.

Gareth Southgate's side have jumped six places after reaching the semi-finals in Russian Federation last month - the furthest they had progressed in the tournament since 1990.

The new formula, approved by the FIFA Council before the World Cup, relied on adding or subtracting points depending on the results of matches rather than averaging points over a given period of time.

Hosts Russia kicked off the tournament as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams. But an unexpected run to the quarterfinals, where it lost to Croatia on penalties, pushed it up 21 places to 49th.

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In other rankings news, Germany's shocking early exit from the World Cup saw the 2014 winners collapse from first to 15th.

Germany, who won the World Cup in 2014, have suffered an embarrassing fall from grace after dropping from first to 15th place following their shambolic showing in Russian Federation.

Wales are 19th and Scotland 40th.

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