Tottenham have two defenders ranked #1 in world football

Belgium have risen to number one in the FIFA rankings, with a heavy Premier League influence in their side.

Belgium completed their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Israel, with an added bonus attached.

The Red Devils reached number one in the FIFA world rankings as a result, climbing above Germany and Argentina, as reported by Belgian newspaper Nieuwsblade.

This is despite them failing to qualify for either of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and Euro 2012, with an England-esque run to the quarter-finals in 2014.

The FIFA rankings have always been questionable in terms of value, take for instance that both England and Wales are both inside the top 10, and France outside the top 20 - purely because they have not played any competitive qualifying matches for a tournament they are hosting.

There are also nuances from a Premier League perspective the ranking brings.

Tottenham duo Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both featured in the victory over Israel, and can now boast that they are the top ranked defenders in world football, whether you consider it legitimate or not.

In fact Spurs have four players in the Belgium squad when all are healthy, with Nacer Chadli and Mousa Dembele completing the quartet.

Belgium's striker spot is the subject of a battle between two Merseyside heavyweights, Christian Benteke and Romelu Lukaku, both now competing to be regarded as the top striker for world football's top team - Yet it was Liverpool reserve Divock Origi who shone for the country at the World Cup.

And then there is star man Eden Hazard, arguably the biggest flop of the season in the Premier League this year, who finds himself as one of the star men for the world's highest ranked team. He scored last night against Israel, and Chelsea fans will hope the confidence boost can help him get his magic back, and recover from his slump in form.

Many Liverpool fans would argue Simon Mignolet is barely the best goalkeeper at the club, with only the distinctly average quality of Adam Bogdan keeping him as number one - yet he now finds himself as the last line of defence for FIFA's #1 team.

All these odd parts appear to have forged a successful side under Marc Wilmots, but just as England and their 100 per cent record will attest, qualifying results and FIFA rankings will count for nothing if they bow out without making an impact next summer.

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