Argentina denied top spot in FIFA rankings after Kylian Mbappe strike in World Cup final keeps Brazil top of the pile – England stay in fifth

    Argentina have been unable to knock Brazil off top spot in the latest FIFA rankings despite their World Cup win.

    Lionel Scaloni’s side find themselves in second spot after their dramatic penalty shootout victory over France, while Brazil were eliminated at the quarter-final stage.

    Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to World Cup glory against France on Sunday

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    Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to World Cup glory against France on Sunday

    Kylian Mbappe’s extra-time equaliser denied Argentina top spot in the FIFA rankings

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    Kylian Mbappe’s extra-time equaliser denied Argentina top spot in the FIFA rankings

    In a game of fine margins, Kylian Mbappe’s third goal against Argentina in the World Cup final was enough to keep Brazil top of the pile.

    Beaten finalists France climbed one place to third after their exploits in Qatar with Belgium dropping two places to fourth after they failed to get out of the group stage.

    England stay in fifth after they were sent packing in the quarter-finals while the Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Portugal and Spain all make up the top ten.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise is Germany’s slump to 14th after their disastrous World Cup campaign when they exited at the group stage.

    Morocco were the big movers as they climbed to 11th following their run to the semi-final and are now the highest-ranked African nation, leapfrogging Senegal.

    Australia jumped to 27th after claiming two World Cup wins before being halted by the eventual winners in the round of 16.

    England remain in fifth despite their quarter-final exit at the hands of France

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    England remain in fifth despite their quarter-final exit at the hands of France

    Germany dropped to 14th place after their failure to get out of the group stage

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    Germany dropped to 14th place after their failure to get out of the group stage

    Wales drop nine places to 28th after their disappointing showing in Qatar – their lowest position since April 2015.

    Scotland are 42nd, Republic of Ireland take 48th and Northern Ireland are 59th.

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