Germany dropped 14 spots in the FIFA world rankings after their group stage exit at this year’s World Cup in Russia.
After holding the top spot for 10 months, the 2014 world champions plummeted to 15th in the latest rankings released by world football’s governing body on Thursday.
It is the first time in more than 12 years that Germany dropped out of the top 10, and the first time in eight years below the top five.
World champions top
France, who beat Croatia 4-2 in the World Cup final in July, top the rankings for the first time in 16 years.
The world champions, ranked seventh going into this year’s tournament, reclaim the top spot for the first since May 2002.