September 20, 2018 / 11:44 AM / 3 months ago

Belgium and France share top spot in FIFA rankings

(Reuters) - Belgium have joined world champions France as the joint leaders in the FIFA rankings published on Thursday, the first time in the table’s 25-year history that the top spot has been shared.

UEFA Nations League - League A - Group 1 - France v Netherlands - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - September 9, 2018 France's Hugo Lloris and team mates celebrate with the World Cup trophy during a ceremony after the match REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium collected two wins, including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland earlier this month, to bring them level with France on 1729 points.

France, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw by Germany in Munich in their Nations League opener before beating the Netherlands 2-1.

The only other change in the top 10 saw Denmark slip down to 10th spot, below Spain.

Following their disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup, Germany have climbed a further three positions and now sit 12th.

Kenya were the biggest movers as they earned 22 points to move up five places to 107th. Those points came courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Ghana in 2019 African Nations Cup qualifier.

Top 10 rankings: (previous positions in brackets)

1. France

1. Belgium (2)

3. Brazil

4. Croatia

5. Uruguay

6. England

7. Portugal

Soccer Football - World Cup - Belgium - Brussels, Belgium - July 15, 2018. Belgian soccer team members appear on the balcony of the city hall at the Brussels' Grand Place, after taking the third place in the World Cup 2018, in Brussels. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

8. Switzerland

9. Spain

10. Denmark (9)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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