Italy move above England despite World Cup miss

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Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals, with Senegal, who are now ranked first on the continent, securing their ticket to Russian Federation after finishing top of Group D log.

Tunisia, who also booked their 2018 World Cup ticket during the latest global break, are the second highest ranked team on the continent, and climbed one spot up to 27th position in the overall ranking.

In the previous month, the team occupied 5th position in Africa and 41st position in the world.

Fellow Russia 2018 qualifiers went up on the ranking.

Germany remain top of the rankings, while Wales drop five places to 19th, Northern Ireland fall one to 24th and Scotland are down three to 32nd.

It will be a first World Cup appearance for Frenchman Renard after winning the Africa Cup of Nations with Zambia and the Ivory Coast.

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North Korea were the most improved team, climbing 18 places to 114th, while Laos fell by 22 and are ranked 184th in the world.

DR Congo with 764 points and 36th position in the world are fourth. Morocco (40), 6. Burkina Faso (44), 7.

Football governing body FIFA have announced their latest world rankings. Switzerland moved up to eight while France and Chile complete the top ten in ninth and 10th respectively.

Germany head Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium, while Spain move up two places to sixth as the highest-ranked side among the second seeds in next week's World Cup draw in Moscow.

The massive fall on the rankings also comes as a surprise given the Eagles' impressive showing during the November worldwide break.

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