England have risen on the latest FIFA rankings for national teams after November international break.
The world’s football governing body have released a new ranking for national teams based on their performance in November international window that has been wrapped up.
As expected, there are major shake-ups on the rankings with top teams moving up while others slip down due to their respective performance.
Brazil are one of the biggest casualties of the latest rankings.They have dropped down two places on the ranking no thanks to the back-to-back defeats in CONMEBOL 2026 World Cup Qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina.
The Selecao first stumbled away to Colombia courtesy of a brace from Luis Diaz. Hosting world champions Argentina at the Maracana, they were expected to reverse their winless streak and salvage all three points but it turned out the reverse.
Nicolas Otamendi did the damage with a lone winner in a match which was marred with terrific violence. It was the first time Brazil have lost a World Cup qualifiers at home.
With the two back-to-back defeats, Brazil have now dropped from 3rd place on FIFA rankings to 5th place.
England rise to third despite North Macedonia stalemate
England have moved up the rankings to third – their best ever ranking. Their new standing on the global football map comes despite their draw against North Macedonia in their last 2024 Euro qualifiers.
The Gareth Southgate-led team did not perform poorly anyways as the saw off Malta to continue in their unbeaten run in the qualifiers but a draw against lowly-rated North Macedonia was a below-par performance.
Argentina still top of the rankings with France coming second
World champions Argentina are still the best national team in the world retaining the top spot on the ranking. Argentina consolidated their standing on the map despite defeat to Uruguay in their first World Cup qualifier during the break.
France are still second on the standings. They won all their matches in the break but are 10 points adrift of Argentina and 45 points above England.