Zurich:World Cup holder Italy kept its place as soccer's top-ranked team in the latest rankings from FIFA on Wednesday, while France overtook Brazil to climb to the No 2 spot.
Brazil was third, while Germany climbed one spot to fourth - its highest ranking in four years - and Argentina fell two spots to fifth.
France and Germany both benefited from recent wins in European Championship qualifying, FIFA said.
Italy has 1,653 points, France has 1,585, Brazil 1,484, Germany 1,467 and Argentina 1,373.
Portugal, Spain, England, the Netherlands and Czech Republic round up the top 10.
The United States made the biggest gain of the top teams, climbing 13 spots to No 16 thanks to a strong start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament. Serbia and Ghana both moved up nine spots, while Sweden and Ivory Coast gained five spots each.
Scotland, which had climbed to its best ranking ever last month, fell nine spots to No 23.