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Graham Arnold rated best coach of the tournament by L’Equipe

Graham Arnold has been handed a huge honour after a stellar World Cup, with the Socceroos boss named the top coach of the tournament by French sports newspaper L’Equipe.

Arnold was at the top of the list, which averaged out the rating of each coach’s performance through each game their team played, narrowly ahead of Japanese manager Hajime Moriyasu in second, and the pair of Walid Regragui and Lionel Scaloni in third.

Regragui led Morocco to the semi-finals, becoming the first ever African team to reach that stage, while Scaloni’s Argentina, of course, lifted the trophy.

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In the same list but with players instead of coaches, left-back Aziz Behich received the highest rating of any Australian player.

Kylian Mbappe was rated by the publication as the best player of the tournament, just ahead of Lionel Messi. 

The nod of approval for Arnold came as the team was rewarded for its excellent World Cup with an 11-spot rise up the global world rankings. 

When the latest FIFA rankings were unveiled after the final, Australia had risen to their highest position in a decade, now sitting at 27th.

While Arnold’s future is far from confirmed, there’s been every indication from the FA that if he wants the job going forward, it’s his.

“I just want to go away, have a good holiday, have a break and see what happens,” Arnold said after Australia was eliminated in the round of 16.

“I haven’t even thought about (a new contract). I need a rest and no doubt I will have good discussions then with the organisation.”

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