Germany replace Brazil to top rankings as Wales & N Ireland rise

Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller and Julian Draxler

World champions Germany have replaced Brazil at the top of the Fifa world rankings after the latest round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

England have fallen two places to 15th, with Wales moving up five places to 13th, replacing Gareth Southgate’s side as the highest-ranked UK team.

Northern Ireland have reached their highest ever position of 20th, while Scotland have risen 15 places to 43rd.

Portugal, Argentina and Belgium complete the top five.