THE Socceroos have reached their highest FIFA ranking in four years, rising 17 places to 50 on the latest table.
FFA says it’s the first time Australia have been in the world top 50 since 2012, with the impressive rise coming after smashing World Cup qualification wins last month.
Ange Postecoglou’s team beat Tajikistan 7-0 in Adelaide and Jordan 5-1 in Sydney to qualify for the next stage top of their group. It’s the first time in the top 50 for the man who took over the coaching job in 2013.
It places Australia second in Asia behind Iran (42) ahead of the next World Cup qualifcation draw as the Socceroos have jumped past South Korea (56), Japan (57) and Saudi Arabia (60) in the past month.
England loom as the next opponent in a friendly in May. They are ranked 10th, down one place on the previous ranking.
Argentina are back at the summit slipping behind Belgium for the past five months.
Copa America champs Chile are third (up two places), Colombia fourth (up four) and Uruguay jump to ninth (up two) to strengthen the South American grip on the top 10.
A total of 171 games were been taken into account for the April edition, including 51 qualifiers for Russia 2018, 60 continental qualifiers and 60 international friendlies.
Costa Rica (25th, up eight), Turkey (13th, up seven) and Mexico (16th, up six) have all enjoyed impressive gains near the top for April. A little further down the table, Australia (50th, up 17), Egypt (44th, up nine) and Norway (49th, up two) break into the top 50 at the expense of Trinidad and Tobago (53rd, down four), Serbia (55th, down five) and Finland (61st, down 15).
The two most outstanding performers for April hail from the African continent. Guinea-Bissau (up 45) have climbed the most positions by rank, while Morocco (131 points) enjoy the biggest move by virtue of points.
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