FIFA Ranking: Nigeria drops to 41st position

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France's Hugo Lloris lifts the trophy as they celebrate winning the World Cup, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - July 15, 2018.

Gareth Southgate's men have moved up six places from 12th following their unexpected run to the semi-finals, where they lost to Croatia before missing out on a bronze medal in the third-place play-off against Belgium.

On the global scene, France climbed to the summit of a much-changed FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking in the first edition of the global ladder since the new ranking formula took effect.

World Cup winners France take over at the top while Germany drop to 15th after their group stage exit in Russian Federation - having been top of the tree going into the tournament.

There is little movement from teams who were not present at the World Cup with Wales moving down one place to 19th, Northern Ireland up two places to 27th and Scotland also up two places to 40th.

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Ireland have moved up two places to 29th in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings, while World Cup winners France top the list. Mohamed Salah's Egypt, eliminated in the group stages, fall 20 places to 65th, the largest fall of any team.

Gernot Rohr's side was ranked in the same 47th globally and sixth in Africa when the last list was released and they still maintained the same position in the latest ranking.

Aside a 2-0 win over Japan and a 2-2 draw with Iceland within the period under review, Ghana's performance may be as a result of the new ranking formula introduced by the sport's world-governing body at its meeting in June.

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