Italy have dropped two places in the latest FIFA world rankings, falling outside the top 20 for the first time ever.

The Azzurri failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, and were sitting in 19th place before the tournament.

Today the new rankings have been released which see Italy fall to 21st in the world, the first time since the FIFA rankings were introduced that they’ve been outside the top 20.

The national team now sits below Peru and above the USA, with France ranked as the best team in the world after winning the World Cup.

The tournament has seen Croatia rise 16 places to fourth, while Russia are the biggest movers as they jump 21 places to 49th in the world.

FIFA World Rankings:

1) France
2) Belgium
3) Brazil
4) Croatia
5) Uruguay
6) England
7) Portugal
8) Switzerland
9=) Spain
9=) Denmark


20) Peru
21) Italy
22) USA

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