Brazil extends its lead in the FIFA world rankings, Spain falls below Italy

In the last change to the FIFA World Rankings before the World Cup kicks off next month, Brazil increased its lead at the top and Spain fell below Italy.

Brazil, the only team to have competed in every World Cup finals, will enter next month’s tournament in Qatar seeking a record sixth crown.

They will do so with a bigger lead at the top of the table, after friendly victories against Ghana and Tunisia extended the gap to second-placed Belgium, who lost to the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League.

Brazil’s great rival Argentina remained in third position, while world champions France were fourth and Euro 2020 runners-up England fifth.

There was also good news for Italy, which failed to qualify for the World Cup finals again as they rose above Spain to sixth place.

Other World Cup teams moving up the rankings include Croatia, up three places to 12th, Iran, up two places to 20th, and Serbia, up to 21st.

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