FIFA rankings: Argentina on top, while India rise 11 places to 137
Argentina edge out Germany to the top spot, while India make a huge jump thanks to their impressive performance against Puerto Rico
The Argentina national team might be struggling in the World Cup qualifiers, but they are still on top in the latest FIFA rankings released today. Belgium were the biggest losers amongst the top 10 this month as a couple of indifferent performances from the Red Devils saw them drop down two positions to 4th.
Germany and Brazil are 2nd and 3rd respectively while Spain surprisingly are ranked as low as 10th. The South American nations of Colombia and Chile are 5th and 6th with France, Portugal, Uruguay and Spain rounding off the top 10.
Surprisingly, Wales and England are ranked above Italy although Chris Coleman will be happy with the fact that the Dragons are one place ahead of the Three Lions. With World Cup qualifiers going on, the national teams will all be looking to improve their rankings with some good performances.
Since the Copa America final, Argentina have struggled in their World Cup qualifiers and unless they pull up their socks soon, they might lose out on the top position and even shockingly miss out on a spot in the World Cup.
India rise 11 positions, highest rank since 2010
Indian football is definitely on the rise and it was reflected in the latest rankings as India rose 11 places to 137. This marks the highest rank since 2010 and the Blue Tigers will be looking to continue their good showing under coach Stephen Constantine.
India produced an outstanding performance to see off a higher ranked Puerto Rico side by 4 goals to 1. It initially seemed to be heading downhill for the Blue Tigers after they trailed early courtesy a Sanchez penalty but they struck back instantly thanks to a well-placed volley by Narayan Das. The equaliser sparked India into life and there was just no looking back.
Two more quick-fire goals handed India a commanding half-time lead and they added to that with a Jackichand Singh volley at the back post early in the second half. This impressive victory was the reason India gained 11 positions in the World Ranking.
Here are the top 10 ranked countries in the World:
The worst mover in the rankings was Cyprus who dropped down 52 positions to 132, while the best mover was Montenegro who rose an incredible 49 positions and are currently ranked 56.
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