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England leapfrog France into third in FIFA standings

By AFP
16 September 2021   |   12:50 pm
England leapfrogged cross-Channel rivals France into third place of FIFA standings published Thursday.

Belgium’s forward Christian Benteke (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s sixth goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification Group E football match between Belgium and Belarus at the King Power at Den Dreef Stadium, in Heverlee, a borough of Leuven on March 30, 2021. (Photo by François WALSCHAERTS / AFP)

England leapfrogged cross-Channel rivals France into third place of FIFA standings published Thursday.

Belgium and Brazil retain first and second spots respectively, while England make their first appearance on the podium in nine years on the back of two wins and a draw in recent 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

France paid the price for two draws and a win to go fourth.

European champions Italy and Copa America winners Argentina sit in fifth and sixth places.

Top 10 in FIFA standings as of September 16

1. Belgium

2. Brazil

3. England

4. France

5. Italy

6. Argentina

7. Portugal

8. Spain

9. Mexico

10. Denmark

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