In the latest men’s football rankings released by the world football agency FIFA on Thursday, the 2020 European Cup finalist England squeezed world champion France out of the top three.
Belgium still ranks first, followed by Brazil. European champions Italy remained unbeaten in a record 37 international matches, ranking fifth, and Argentina ranked sixth.
The third place is England’s highest ranking since 2012. Gareth Southgate’s team lost to Italy on a penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley in July, and is the 2018 World Cup semi-final in Russia .
France withdrew from the 2020 European Cup in the round of 16.
Women’s football: England ranked eighth
In the women’s ranking, Sweden ranks second, behind the world champion United States, and Germany falls to third.
Under the new management of Salina Wegman replacing Phil Neville, England ranked eighth-the lowest level since 2010.