FIFA Rankings: England Rise – Germany Plummet

The FIFA Rankings have been updated for the first time since the World Cup in Russia this Summer – there are some big movers in the top twenty.

  • Southgate’s England up to sixth in the table
  • Mbappe’s France go top
  • Croatia and Sweden make big gains
  • South American big boys drop while Uruguay climb
  • Germany plummet after lacklustre Russia

Southgate’s Men into the Top Six

After being outside the Top Ten for most of the last five years, England’s over-performance under the guidance of Gareth Southgate has seen them reach the heady heights of sixth, moving above Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Germany along the way.

World Champions Up to First

Unsurprisingly France have moved to top of the FIFA Rankings after their victory in Russia this Summer. Les Bleus were eighth in the table before the tournament, but the impressive performance by Kylian Mbappe and friends helped move his country to top of the pile for the first time since early 2002.

Croatia and Sweden Make Big Gains

Croatia’s most successful World Cup since their independence in 1991, saw them jump sixteen places from 20th to 4th, which is their best placing since being fourth in the Spring of 2013.

The other big mover in the top part of the table are Sweden. Janne Andersson’s side topped Group F despite a loss to Germany in the third Group game. They of course eventually fell 2-0 in the Quarter-Final against England, but their showing in the World Cup was enough to lift them eleven places into 13th of the FIFA Rankings. South American big boys drop while Uruguay climb

Brazil and Argentina Drop while Uruguay Climb

Russia 2018 wasn’t a great tournament for the big boys of South America. Despite progressing to the Quarter-Finals, Brazil never looked like being crowned World Champions for the sixth time. A relatively solid set of results was enough to limit the damage in FIFA’s Rankings to a one place drop (to third), trading places with their Quarter-Final victors Belgium.

Despite collecting one point from their first two Group Games, Argentina made it out of Group D as runners-up. They then fell in the first knock-out round losing 4-3 to France in an incredible match. This poor showing affected their FIFA Ranking, dropping them out of the top ten for the first time since 2012.

Uruguay’s journey to the Quarter-Final before losing to eventual Champions France was enough to gain nine places up to fifth, one place above England.

Lacklustre Germany Plummet

The biggest losers at this years World Cup though was Germany. They didn’t look interested and fell in the first round for the first time since 1938! As a result they now occupy their lowest ranking since 2012, falling fourteen places to 15th.

FIFA Rankings Top Twenty

RankMovementCountryPointsChange
16France1726528
21Belgium1723425
3-1Brazil1657226
416Croatia1643698
59Uruguay1627609
66England1615564
7-3Portugal1599325
8-2Switzerland1597398
91Spain1580454
103Denmark1580529
11-6Argentina1574333
12-3Chile1570435
1311Sweden1565685
142Colombia1563577
15-14Germany15613
16-1Mexico1560571
170Netherlands1540559
18-10Poland1538355
19-1Wales1536583
20-9Peru1535410

The full table can be found on the FIFA website.

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