Latest FIFA rankings see Egypt drop 20 places after disastrous World Cup

Ireland rise in latest FIFA rankings

England sixth in FIFA world rankings while France take over at the top

France have taken over top spot from Germany, who have crashed 14 places after flopping in Russian Federation when they failed to make the knockout stages.

2018 World Cup finalists Croatia have also equaled their best performance in the ranking, moving 16 places up to 4th.

Beaten finalists Croatia ended England's run in Russian Federation, and they are fourth in the new list having climbed 16 spots.

Belgium, who lost to France in the semi-finals, moved up one place to second on the list published Thursday by football's governing body.

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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.

August's rankings are the first to use a new formula which "relies on adding/subtracting points won or lost for a game to/from the previous points total rather than averaging game points over a given time period as in the previous version of the ranking".

Gareth Southgate's England are in sixth while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal are sixth as Switzerland, Spain and Denmark complete the top 10 positions.

France are up six places to first while Croatia have surged 16 places to fourth.

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Other big movers include Uruguay (5th, up 9), England (6th, up 6), Sweden (13th, up 11), and World Cup hosts Russian Federation (49th, up 21).

Russia, who exceeded low expectations in their home tournament in making the quarter-finals, rise 21 spots to 49th.

Northern Ireland have also moved up two places - they are still ahead of the Republic in 27th.

France's Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the World Cup, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018. Scotland have risen two places and now sit in 40th place.

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