After the euphoria of the World Cup the Croatian national team have started the campaign for the European Championship 2020 by scraping a 2-1 win over lowly Azerbaijan and then losing away in Hungary 2-1. It seems that the giddy heights of the World Cup in Russia are miles away. And according to the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday Croatia has dropped one placed, from 4th to 5th, with England now climbing above them.
Although Croatia beat England in the semi-finals on the 2018 World Cup the two sides have had very different fortunes after the tournament. Zlatko Dalic’s side firstly suffered heavy defeats in the UEFA Nation’s League and eventually finishing bottom of Group 4 and being relegated.
Latest FIFA rankings
This was followed by a tough start to the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign. On the other hand England finished top of Group 4 in the Nation’s League, qualifying for the finals, and had a flying start to the EURO 2020 with two wins, against Montenegro and the Czech Republic.
And these results mean that England have climbed above Croatia is the latest FIFA rankings. On the top of the list is Belgium, followed by France in second place and Brazil in third.
The next test for Croatia is a match against Wales, who are now ranked in 19th position, in June as part of the EURO 2020 qualifications.