FIFA Ranking: Nigeria ranks to 49, as France soars No. 1

FIFA Ranking: Nigeria ranks to 49, as France soars No. 1

Bafana haven't moved in this month's rankings and remain 74th - below Syria and above China - although will get the chance to improve their position in the next few months as they oplay out a handful of African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The ranking is the first after the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the champions, France, are deservedly ranked Number One.

Cape Town - South Africa remained in lowly 74th position in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings released on Wednesday.

France are top of the rankings after winning their second World Cup, returning to the spot for the first time since 2002.

Russian Federation 2018 semi-finalists Belgium are second Brazil in third, while World Cup runners-up Croatia are fourth and Uruguay fifth.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria dropped two places from 47th to 49th alongside World Cup hosts, Russia.

The previous update to the standings had been back in early June.

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The failure of the five African representatives at Russian Federation 2018 to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament has seen a change in the top 5 ranked teams on the continent.

The top five consists of France, Belgium, Brazil, beaten finalists Croatia and Uruguay.

Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark - the latter two sharing ninth position - complete the top 10.

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Wales now occupy 19th place, with Northern Ireland in 27th - two places above the Republic of Ireland.

It should also prevent teams from gaming the rankings by either playing very few friendly matches or playing against lower ranked teams.

The Republic of Ireland and Scotland also went up two spots to 29th and 40th respectively.

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