Football: Belgium take top Fifa ranking from Argentina, S'pore rise five places to 152nd

Belgium's midfielder Eden Hazard (centre) is congratulated by teammates during their Euro 2016 qualifying match on Oct 13, 2015.
Belgium's midfielder Eden Hazard (centre) is congratulated by teammates during their Euro 2016 qualifying match on Oct 13, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP, REUTERS) - Belgium are now the best team in the world, according to the latest Fifa rankings published on Thursday.

The Red Devils have moved up two places to replace Argentina at the top of the rankings, the first time they have earned that honour.

The South Americans drop to third with world champions Germany retaining second place.

Belgium have been rewarded for their Euro 2016 qualifying victories over Andorra (4-1) and Israel (3-1) last month.

The biggest movers in the top 10 were Chile, though, who climbed four places to fifth thanks to October's Copa America qualifying victory over Brazil, who drop a place to eighth.

Austria improved one place to a best ever 10th place.

England, who beat Estonia and Lithuania to make it a perfect 10 wins from 10 in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, were the other climbers in the top 10, rising one place to ninth.

Fellow Euro qualifiers Wales, who will play at their first major tournament since 1958, dropped seven places to 15th.

Singapore move up five spots to 152nd after beating Afghanistan 1-0 and Cambodia 2-1 in home 2018 World Cup qualifiers. They rank fourth in Asean behind the Philippines (137), Thailand (144) and Vietnam (147).

Fifa rankings as of Nov 5: 1 Belgium (+2). 2 Germany. 3 Argentina (-2). 4 Portugal. 5 Chile (+4). 6 Spain. 7 Colombia (-2). 8 Brazil (-1). 9 England (+1). 10 Austria (+1).