Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Ireland rise in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Ireland rise in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

Les Bleus head up the list published by world football's governing body, which features a new method of grading global teams.

Didier Deschamps' side replace Germany at the top of the new rankings, the dethroned world champions falling all the way back to 15th after failing to qualify for the tournament's knock-out stages.

Senegal and Tunisia are the joint highest African nations on the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings following there World Cup campaigns.

Stuart Baxter's Bafana side failed dismally to qualify for the 2018 sporting showpiece in Russian Federation, with the latest rankings being the first since a new ranking formula took effect.

Belgium have climbed to second spot after reaching the World Cup semi-finals as Brazil dropped to third.

The formula, which was approved by the FIFA Council in June after a lengthy period of testing, according to FIFA 'relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous point totals rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the Ranking.

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"The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their points totals, with no devaluation of older games".

They beat Colombia and Sweden in the knockout stages before losing to Croatia in the semi-finals.

Hosts Russia, who sensationally eliminated Spain from the tournament on penalties, rise 21 places to 49th, making them the best mover within the rankings.

Fellow Group A side Egypt have suffered an nearly parrallel swing in fortunes, falling 20 places from 45th to 65th, making them the worst movers overall.

Finalists Croatia have moved into the top 10, climbing from 16 to 4 while Gareth Southgate's Three Lions have moved up 6 places to 6.

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