Socceroos jump up again in latest FIFA rankings

Australia's rise among the world's top 50 football nations has continued, with Ange Postecoglou's men jumping up three spots in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday night (AEDT).

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Australia players celebrate a goal in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Japan last year Source: Getty Images

Despite not playing an international since November, Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos have moved up from 47th to 44th in the rankings.



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That leaves Australia as the third highest-ranked nation in the Asian Football Confederation, behind Iran (29th), and Korea Republic (36th).

The Socceroos currently sit third in their group in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, one point behind Saudi Arabia (48th) and Japan (46th).

They are next in action in March with a crucial away clash with Iraq (119th) on March 23, before returning home to take on UAE (64th) in Sydney just five days later. 



Meanwhile, Argentina, who have led the rankings since replacing Belgium last April, remain the world's top-ranked side, ahead of Germany, Brazil and Chile.


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Published 12 January 2017 at 9:06pm
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