Ireland rise in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Ireland rise in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Russia's performance helped the team catapult 21 spots to 49th, making it the biggest move by ranks, according to FIFA's updated table on Thursday. They went on to lose their second match against Russian Federation 3-1 before bowing out of the tournament with a humiliating loss to Saudi Arabia.

England's World Cup success has seen them climb to sixth place in Fifa's world rankings.

Meanwhile, World Cup winners France lead the way after climbing to first.

Lionel Messi's Argentina, Chile, Germany and Poland have all moved out of the top 10.

France's Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the World Cup, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018.

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World Cup winners France take over at the top while Germany drop to 15th after their group stage exit in Russian Federation - having been top of the tree going into the tournament.

France are up six places to first while Croatia have surged 16 places to fourth.

They beat Colombia and Sweden in the knockout stages before losing to Croatia in the semi-finals. Argentina dropped out of the top 10, down from fifth to 11th, Sweden went up 11 places to 13th after making the quarter-finals in Russian Federation, but Poland, who finished bottom of their group, were another side to plummet from the top 10 - dropping from eighth to 18th. Rounding out our near neighbours, Wales are 19th while Scotland are down in 40th.

Federation Internationale de Football Association said the removal of an annual average point calculation, which was part of the previous formula, would have a number of benefits, including reducing the ability of teams to influence their ranking by avoiding friendlies.

Hosts Russia kicked off the tournament as the lowest-ranked of the 32 teams.

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