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  • Germany have returned to the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil
  • England have fallen two places to 15th while Wales have climbed to 13th
  • England’s ranking is their lowest since the post-Euro 2000 low of 17th 

Associated Press

Germany have returned to the top of the FIFA world rankings, taking over from Brazil after a busy World Cup qualifying program.

European champions Portugal are up three places to No 3, while Argentina fall one to No 4 and No 5 Belgium climb four places.

Despite winning both of their recent qualifiers, England have fallen two places to 15th. While Wales, with back-to-back wins over Austria and Moldova, climb five places to 13.

Germany have returned back at the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil

Germany have returned back at the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil

Germany have returned back at the top of the FIFA rankings, taking over from Brazil

Despite winning both of their recent qualifiers, England have fallen two places to 15th

Despite winning both of their recent qualifiers, England have fallen two places to 15th

Despite winning both of their recent qualifiers, England have fallen two places to 15th

WORLD RANKINGS 

1 Germany

2 Brazil

3 Portugal

4 Argentina

5 Belgium

6 Poland

7 Switzerland

8 France

9 Chile

10 Colombia

13 Wales

17 England

20 Northern Ireland

34 Republic of Ireland

43 Scotland

England’s ranking is their lowest since the post-Euro 2000 low of 17th and five places below their average ranking of 10th.

Eight European teams are ranked higher than Gareth Southgate’s side: Germany, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, France, Spain and Wales.

European teams, who each played two qualifiers, gained on their South American rivals and could have six of the eight seeded positions at the World Cup. 

Hosts Russia, ranked No 64, and the seven highest-ranked teams in October should be seeded in the December 1 draw.

Poland are sixth, followed by Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia.

The best of the other regions include Mexico at No 14, Iran at No 25 and Egypt at No 30.

Northern Ireland are the third-ranked team from the British Isles at No 20, with Republic of Ireland ranked 34th and Scotland 43rd. 

Whilst Wales, with back-to-back wins over Austria and Moldova, climb five places to 13th

Whilst Wales, with back-to-back wins over Austria and Moldova, climb five places to 13th

Whilst Wales, with back-to-back wins over Austria and Moldova, climb five places to 13th

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