Triumphant Italy, Argentina climb FIFA world rankings

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European champions Italy have moved up to fifth in the FIFA world rankings.
Camera IconEuropean champions Italy have moved up to fifth in the FIFA world rankings. Credit: AP

Italy and Argentina have risen to fifth and sixth respectively in the FIFA world rankings following their triumphs at the European Championships and the Copa America, while Belgium remain in top spot.

The Azzurri, who defeated England on penalties in the European Championship final at Wembley last month, climbed two places in the latest rankings announced on Thursday.

Argentina also moved up two spots after their Copa America final win over Brazil, who climbed into second and bumped world champions France into third.

Belgium, who were knocked out by Italy at the quarter-final stage of the Euros, remain the top-ranked international team in the world, while defeated finalists England stay fourth.

Australia’s Socceroos rise six places from their previous ranking in May to 35th, while the United States moved up 10 places into 10th after winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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