SANTIAGO – Back-to-back defending Copa America champions Chile stay put in 9th place in the latest FIFA World Rankings, despite recent results confirming they will definitely miss out on the World Cup in Russia after finishing as low as 6th in the CONMEBOL qualification standings.
Germany remain top of the FIFA rankings, with the October update taking into account the latest round of World Cup qualifiers and friendlies that have played out around the planet at international level over the course of the last month.
Overall, there have been no changes to the top six at all, with Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, and Poland all staying firm between 2nd and 6th.
France, seen as one of the favourites for next summer’s World Cup given the incredible depth of talent at the disposal of head coach Didier Deschamps, have risen one place to 7th.
Spain have broken back into the top 10 after rising three places to 8th.
Peru are the notable new addition to the top 10 after rising two places to 10th. It is a record high for the South American country after securing a 5th place finish in CONMEBOL’s World Cup standings and an intercontinental playoff berth against New Zealand for a place in Russia.
Switzerland have spectacularly fallen out of the top 10 after falling four places to 11th.
First time qualifiers Panama have unsurprisingly jumped 11 place into the top 50 at 49th.
Tunisia have overtaken Egypt as the highest ranked African team after rising three places from 31st to 28th. Egypt, after securing a place at their first World Cup since 1990, remain 30th.
Iran remain the highest ranked nation in Asia even after falling nine places to 34th.
Turkmenistan took the biggest climb anywhere in the world after rising an incredible 22 places to 114th.
Ecuador hold the dubious honour of being the worst fallers on the planet this month after plummeting 25 places down the rankings to 60th.