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The New FIFA World Rankings Make For Interesting Reading

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 27: Iceland players celebrate their team's 2-1 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The first FIFA world rankings since Euro 2016 and the Copa America have been released and they make for some interesting reading.

After an astonishing final win over France, Portugal have moved from eight in the rankings up to sixth while France themselves have jumped all the way from 17th to seventh.

Surprisingly Belgium still remain as Europe’s highest ranked team in second place behind world leaders Argentina. Euro 2016 semi-finalists Germany remain as the world’s fourth best side.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 10:  Eder (C) of Portugal celebrates scoring the opening goal with his team mates during the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Fellow semi-finalists Wales however, have jumped a remarkable 15 places up to eleventh – that puts them ahead of neighbours England, who now lie in 13th place.

Both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland had marginal changes in their positions, with the North falling three places to 28th, but that still leaves them higher than the Republic, who climbed two places up to 31st.

Ultimate underdogs Iceland were one of the biggest movers, jumping twelve places up to 22nd after their unexpected win over England in the last 16.

Darragh Culhane, Pundit Arena

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