France lose top spot to Belgium in FIFA rankings

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Belgium’s national football team players pose for a picture during the friendly football match between Belgium and the Netherlands, at the King Baudouin Stadium, on October 16, 2018 in Brussels. (Photo by JOHN THYS / AFP)

World Cup winners France dropped one place to second in the FIFA rankings on Thursday as Belgium moved up to claim the top spot.

England and Uruguay were the only other movers in the top 10, Gareth Southgate’s men moving up one place to fifth and Uruguay moving the other way, to sixth.

Elsewhere, lowly Gibraltar was rewarded for recent wins over Armenia and Liechtenstein by moving up eight places to 190th.

FIFA rankings as of October 25:

1. Belgium

2. France (-1 place)

3. Brazil

4. Croatia

5. England (+1)

6. Uruguay (- 1)

7. Portugal

8. Switzerland

9. Spain

10. Denmark