Earlier in the day, the latest FIFA ‘Coca Cola’ Men’s World Ranking were released by the world football governing body and in it India gained 11 places into 152nd position behind Lesotho and ahead of South Sudan.
India now have 200 points, 49 more than last month and gain two spots into 27th position in the Asian (AFC) rankings.
India’s rise in the rankings was possible due to a two wins in a home and away playoff over Laos for the next qualifying round for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup to be played in the United Arab Emirates.
In South Asia, Afghanistan (150th) remain top just ahead of India (152nd). Thereafter come the Maldives (174th), Bangladesh (183rd), Nepal (188th), Bhutan (192nd), Sri Lanka (193rd) and Pakistan (194th).
In the top 5 there were no changes despite the Euro 2016 and Copa America 2016 having been played. Argentina stay in top position with 1,585 points ahead of Belgium (1,401 pts), Colombia (1,331 pts), FIFA World Cup winners Germany (1,319 pts) and Copa America winners Chile (1,316 pts). Euro 2016 champions Portugal (1,266 pts) move into sixth place.