World Cup winner Argentina topped the latest FIFA rankings for the first time in six years, while the Canadian men, buoyed by CONCACAF Nations League victories over Curacao and Honduras, climbed six places up to No. 47.
Argentina’s two wins in friendlies last month ended a year-long streak at the top of Brazil, which lost in Morocco 2-1 and fell to No. 3.
World Cup runner-up France jumped a notch to No. 2 thanks to European Championship qualifying victories over sixth-ranked Netherlands and No. 49-ranked Ireland.
Belgium remained at No. 4, followed by England after two wins, including a win over No. 8 Italy. Europe rounded out the top 10 with No. 7 Croatia followed by Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Despite their rise, Canada remains fourth in CONCACAF behind 13th-ranked United States and 15th-ranked Mexico, both unchanged, and 39th-ranked Costa Rica, which dropped seven places.
John Herdman’s team, which won 2-0 in Curacao and beat Honduras 4-1 last month, was 41st ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in November but fell 12 places to 52nd in the post-World Cup standings. tournament in December.
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