Socceroos hit four-year high on FIFA Rankings

Socceroos hit four-year high on FIFA Rankings

The South American country booked the final place in the 2018 Fifa World Cup after beating the All Whites 2-0 in a playoff series last week.

Should FIFA take exception to Noceda's proposed action, they could expel Peru from the World Cup and replace them with one of the teams who failed to qualify.

The Lions of Teranga have, in fact, risen to 23rd - their highest-ever position on the global ladder - on the back of securing a first World Cup place since 2002.

Nigeria occupied the 41st position in the last ranking.

The Socceroos hadn't been ranked as high since 2013 when they reached No.36 in the world.

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Peru's spot at next year's Football World Cup in Russian Federation could be in doubt, as a bill to place the South American nation's governing body under government control has been proposed. They have 884 points to move nine spots up from 32nd position they occupied in October.

The top five countries in the world are unchanged as World Cup champions Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium retained their spots.

North Korea were the most improved team, climbing 18 places to 114th, while Laos fell by 22 and are ranked 184th in the world.

The massive fall on the rankings also comes as a surprise given the Eagles' impressive showing during the November worldwide break.

Burkina Faso, Cup of Nations title-holders Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast complete the top 10. Spain moved up two spots to No. 6, followed by Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile.

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