Argentina knock Belgium from top of FIFA rankings

Argentina's Lionel Messi (L) and Argentina's Lucas Biglia listen to the national anthem before their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers' football match against Bolivia in Cordoba, Argentina, on March 29, 2016.        AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH

Argentina’s Lionel Messi (L) and Argentina’s Lucas Biglia listen to the national anthem before their Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup South American Qualifiers’ football match against Bolivia in Cordoba, Argentina, on March 29, 2016. AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH / AFP PHOTO / EITAN ABRAMOVICH

Argentina reclaimed top spot from Belgium in Thursday’s FIFA world rankings, while Copa America champions Chile soared to an all-time high of third place.

Three straight wins in 2018 World Cup qualifiers helped Argentina return to the summit, five months after they were supplanted by Belgium.

Chile moved up two places from fifth, with Colombia climbing from eighth to fourth and Uruguay moving back into the top 10 as a reward for their strong start to South American qualifying.

Two-time defending European champions Spain drop three places to sixth, with world champions Germany, Brazil, Portugal and England also sliding down one spot.

FIFA Rankings as of April 7:

1. Argentina (+1)

2. Belgium (-1)

3. Chile (+2)

4. Colombia (+4)

5. Germany (-1)

6. Spain (-3)

7. Brazil (-1)

8. Portugal (-1)

9. Uruguay (+2)

10. England (-1)



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