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France, Belgium become first joint leaders in FIFA rankings history

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno laud Kylian Mbappe's maturity and leadership following his performance against the Netherlands.
Olivier Giroud ended his goal drought in style, scoring the game-winning volley to propel France past the Netherlands.
Germany's Manuel Neuer admits that the team needed to change a lot of things after they failed to qualify for the knockout stages at the 2018 World Cup.
France's Paul Pogba admits he found the short break between the World Cup and the Premier League season tough, physically and is cautious he doesn't get injured.

France and Belgium have become the first-ever joint ranked leaders in the FIFA rankings.

The latest published rankings show the two European nations exactly level on 1,729 points, something that has not in its 25-year history. Since winning the World Cup, France picked up a draw and win against Germany and Netherlands respectively in the UEFA Nations League, while Belgium beat Scotland 4-0 and Iceland -- though the former was a friendly.

Brazil remain third, ahead of World Cup finalists Croatia,...

Adrien Rabiot France exile could continue after World Cup snub - FFF president

Adrien Rabiot of France looks on during the International friendly match between Germany and France in November 2017.
Adrien Rabiot of France looks on during the International friendly match between Germany and France in November 2017.

Adrien Rabiot is due to meet the French Football Federation president but his international exile after missing the World Cup may continue for some time yet, the FFF boss has said. 

France coach Didier Deschamps described Rabiot's decision to decline his offer to be on stand-by for the World Cup as "a massive mistake" and said the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder had "automatically excluded himself."

Deschamps has not recalled Rabiot, who won the last of his six senior caps in March, but did...

Jean-Kevin Augustin faces punishment for refusing France under-21 call-up

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno laud Kylian Mbappe's maturity and leadership following his performance against the Netherlands.

FIFA could punish RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin after he rejected a France under-21 call-up by text message.

Augustin sent a message to U21 coach Sylvain Ripoll a day before he had been due to join the squad in which he said "muscle fatigue" meant he could not play.

Ripoll said that was not an acceptable excuse, but Leipzig counterpart Ralf Rangnick backed the 21-year-old forward.

Augustin, who has scored five times for his club this season, may face a ban from playing for them if FIFA's...

Inside France's World Cup ceremony: Didier Deschamps' men celebrate in style

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop and Alejandro Moreno laud Kylian Mbappe's maturity and leadership following his performance against the Netherlands.

PARIS, France -- The France players have only been talking about one thing during this international break: the ceremony with the World Cup trophy and sharing it with the fans on Sunday night.

The Nations League matches themselves -- a 0-0 draw with Germany away in Munich and a convincing 2-1 win at home over Netherlands -- took second place. What the World Cup winners were really looking forward to was the ceremony.

The players had felt robbed on July 16 when the party organised in Paris on their...