France were the 2018 World Cup champions in Russia and that has reflected on the new FIFA rankings.
Led Bleus top the ranking published by the world governing body, which features a new grading system.
The new formula, per 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
“The changes, of which there are several, include the fact that inactive teams now preserve their point totals, with no devaluation of older games.
“Points are dropped, however, from losing or drawing against weaker opposition, with the only exception to this rule matches in knockout rounds of major competitions such as the FIFA World Cup.”
Germany plummeted to 15th on the table, after crashing out of the 2018 World Cup in the group stages. Argentina dropped to 11th on the log.
The top five consists of France, Belgium, Brazil, beaten finalists Croatia and Uruguay. The Three Lions, Portugal, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark make up the top 10.
The top ranked team in Africa is Tunisia tying the position with Senegal and are 24th on the world stage. Nigeria ranks 49th in the world.