Earlier in the day, the latest FIFA ‘Coca Cola’ Men’s World Ranking were released by the world football governing body and in the April rankings, India gained an incredible 31 spots be in 101st position along with Nicaragua, Lithuania, and Estonia behind St.Kitts & Nevis, but ahead of Kazakhstan.
India have 331 points, a whopping 98 points more than last month and they gain eight spots in 11th position of the Asian (AFC) rankings.
India’s rise has been made possible by the 3-2 international friendly away win against Cambodia and then a 1-0 win over in Myanmar in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup – Round 3 qualifiers. India’s next international matches are in June 2017, when they face Lebanon in a friendly and Kyrgyzstan in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup – Round 3 qualifiers with both matches at home.
In South Asia, India remain in top spot ahead of Maldives (151st), Afghanistan (153rd), Bhutan (164th), Nepal (170th), Bangladesh (193rd), Sri Lanka (197th) and Pakistan (201st).
There was one big change in the top 5. Brazil moved to the top position with 1,661 points, switching positions with Argentina (1,603 pts), ahead of FIFA World Cup winners Germany (1,464 pts), Copa America winners Chile (1,403 pts) and Colombia (1,348 pts), who complete the top five.