England retain top-five standing as Germany slip to 16th in world rankings

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Belgium continue to lead the way, just ahead of France, while there is mixed fortunes for fallen giants such as Die Mannschaft, Argentina and Italy

England have cemented their standing in the world’s top five, but Germany have hit a serious slide and now sit 16th in the eyes of FIFA.

The Three Lions have been on the charge since reaching the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup over the summer.

Gareth Southgate’s side have built on that success to book a place in the last four of the inaugural UEFA Nations League, with their opponents set to be determined on December 3.

They could face Portugal or Switzerland, who also sit inside FIFA’s top 10, while the Netherlands complete the set after enjoying a welcome return to form which has them rising to 14th.

The Dutch now sit above an out-of-sorts Germany side who saw their global crown slip in Russia and are now stuck firmly in a rut – having suffered Nations League relegation.

At the opposite end of the scale, Belgium are still considered to be the best side on the planet, just ahead of world champions France.

Brazil and Croatia also make the top five, with Spain, Denmark and Uruguay completing the top 10.

Argentina, who are still waiting to discover whether Lionel Messi will be returning to their ranks, occupy 11th spot, with Mexico down in 17th and rebuilding Italy one step behind El Tri.

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Wales have fallen behind the Azzurri into 19th after suffering defeats to Denmark and Albania, while the United States slip two places to 25th.

Scotland enjoyed a productive Nations League campaign, topping their group to earn promotion from League C, and climb to 38th.

However, they are still behind Northern Ireland, who perch in 35th spot, and the Republic of Ireland, who hold firm in 33rd.

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