Socceroos climb two spots in world rankings as Belgium reclaim top spot


Australia has climbed two places in the latest FIFA world rankings with the Socceroos up to number 44 in the world.

Belgium remain the top side in the world according to the rankings released by global football governing body FIFA with neighbours France now their closest pursuer.

Roberto Martinez's Belgium have a best 1752 points while World Cup winners France gained a spot by leapfrogging Brazil to have 1725.

The Socceroos 3-0 win against Kuwait was their only match of the last rankings period but it was enough to help them move ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Despite Australia's move up the standings they remain 21 places behind Iran who are Asia's highest ranked side in 23rd position.

England stay fourth with Nations League winners Portugal skipping Uruguay into fifth.

Spain gained two places to seventh with Croatia, Colombia and Argentina completing the top 10.

Gold Cup winners Mexico stay 12th as the best in the CONCACAF region while Senegal lead Africa in 20th.

Oceania leaders New Zealand lost five spots to be 122nd.

The next rankings will be published on October 24.

Source AAP