Roberto Mancini has done a great job and led Italy back to FIFA elite rankings after a four-year absence
back to the top ten of the
after a four-year absence.
have won the World Cup four times but have been unable to make it to the world
FIFA rankings elite
Inability to reach the 2018 World Cup under Gian Piero Ventura's command confirmed their fall, but Mancini, who turned 56 on Friday, made an impressive transformation in fortunes.
was 20th on the FIFA list when Mancini took control as the manager in May 2018, achieving 10 victories out of 10 games in the 2020 Euro qualifying matches, which proved them as a significant power and led to a ranking rise.
Italy has made it to the Nations League Finals and is now undefeated in 22 matches, their best ever since the 2006 World Cup.
Mancini appreciated all the efforts his squad has made so far, saying RAI Sport:
"The players have done a great job because it has not always been easy
"We have tried to become more offensive with our play. You have to have the right mentality to do so and have a style of play that all the great teams have."
Italy climbed from 12th to 10th place in the rankings and see themselves back in the top 10 after 4 years.
FIFA rankings top 10
: 1 Belgium, 2 France, 3 Brazil, 4 England, 5 Portugal, 6 Spain, 7 Argentina, 8 Uruguay, 9 Mexico, 10 Italy.