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Belgium top Fifa rankings while win in Spain lifts England to fifth

• Belgium take outright top spot after sharing it with France
• England’s ranking is their best for more than five years

Belgium have edged ahead of France to take outright top spot in Fifa’s world rankings while England have moved into the top five off the back of their victory in Spain, but tiny Gibraltar were the biggest risers thanks to their first two competitive wins this month.

Belgium and France had been tied at the top last month and while both sides won one game and drew another in October, the Belgians, with 1,733 points, moved ahead by a single point. Belgium beat Switzerland in the Nations League and drew with the Netherlands in a friendly. France, the world champions, defeated Germany in the Nations League and were held by Iceland in a friendly.

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