Argentina won the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but missed out on top spot in the world rankings as the final went to penalties ©Getty Images

FIFA World Cup winners Argentina have climbed up to second but continue to trail South American rivals Brazil in the men's world rankings.

Argentina lifted the trophy for the third time with a dramatic victory on penalties against the reigning champions France in Qatar earlier this month, their first triumph since 1986.

Lionel Scaloni's team have risen one place in the rankings compared to the last update in October, as have runners-up France who are up to third.

Brazil remain top despite their quarter-final exit to Croatia, who are up five places to seventh.

They would have been leapfrogged had Argentina won the World Cup in 90 or 120 minutes, but the final finished 3-3 after extra-time following an extraordinary match.

Belgium drop two places but remain fourth despite their disappointing group stage exit, with England completing the top five after a quarter-final defeat to France.

Morocco's historic run as the first African team to reach the semi-finals allowed them to climb 11 places up to 11th.

Only The Gambia's rise to 126th from 150th has been greater than Morocco's from 28th in the calendar year of 2022.

Morocco's historic run to the World Cup semi-finals has helped them to climb up to 11th in the FIFA world rankings ©Getty Images
Morocco's historic run to the World Cup semi-finals has helped them to climb up to 11th in the FIFA world rankings ©Getty Images

Costa Rica and Cameroon, who were both eliminated in the group stage at Qatar 2022, matched their rise of 17 places up to 32nd and 33rd respectively.

Beaten quarter-finalists The Netherlands and Portugal are sixth and ninth respectively, while Spain are 10th after losing to Morocco in the round-of-16.

Completing the top 10 are European champions Italy, who missed out on the World Cup after a shock defeat in qualifying to North Macedonia.

They are eighth, dropping two places from October.

A group stage exit from Denmark at the World Cup has led to them slipping out of the top 10 to 18th.

Among the other notable updates after the World Cup, Australia have risen 11 places to 27th, and Saudi Arabia climbed into the top 50 at 49th after a stunning victory against Argentina in their opening match.

Canada dropped the most places from 41st to 53rd after a group stage exit in Qatar.

The next men's world ranking update is scheduled for April 6 2023.