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FIFA World Ranking: Scotland rise up to 22nd, England leapfrog Belgium

The Scotland national team continue to make impressive strides up the FIFA World Ranking, moving into the top 25 following their recent run of five matches unbeaten.

The latest list published by football's world governing body shows the Scots 22nd in the table, a rise of 15 from the start of this year, having been an even lower 72nd at the end of 2012.

Since losing to Belgium in September, Gordon Strachan's upwardly-mobile side have beaten Macedonia, Croatia, Norway and Poland, while drawing a friendly against the United States.

In those five matches, they have conceded just a single goal and are now only 11 spots below England (11th) who have moved up one place - overtaking Belgium in the process.

Spain continue to top the table from Germany and Portugal, while fourth-placed Colombia are the highest ranked South American outfit.

Argentina, who were ranked third during the early months of 2014, have slipped down into a tie for sixth with World Cup hosts Brazil.

The Ivory Coast are the highest-ranked African nation at 21st, with the USA a healthy 13th.

As for England's opponents in this summer's tournament, Uruguay are fifth, Italy ninth and Costa Rica 34th.

Ukraine, at 17, are the highest ranked nation not qualified for the 2014 World Cup Finals, while the other British Isles nations are Wales (47th), Republic of Ireland (65th) and Northern Ireland (84th).


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  • FIFA World Ranking: Scotland rise up to 22nd, England leapfrog Belgium


  • The Scotland national team continue to make impressive strides up the FIFA World Ranking, moving into the top 25 following their recent run of five matches unbeaten.

  • Assistant Roy Keane hints Stephen Ireland may return to Republic of Ireland squad


  • Republic of Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane believes Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland could return to international duty.

  • UEFA approve launch of Nations League from 2018


  • UEFA have approved the launch of a Nations League from 2018.

  • Fulham's Craven Cottage to host Ireland v Italy friendly on May 31


  • Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland will face Italy in a friendly at Fulham's Craven Cottage on May 31.

  • Scottish football: Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been charged with assault


  • Republic of Ireland and Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been charged with assault causing harm before a court in Ireland.

  • Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long is ready to replace Robbie Keane


  • Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long says he is not fazed by the challenge of replacing record Irish goalscorer Robbie Keane.

  • International friendly: Republic of Ireland surrender early lead in defeat to Serbia


  • Shane Long passed up an opportunity to prove he could succeed Robbie Keane as Serbia came from behind for a 2-1 win and condemned Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill to a first defeat.

  • Friendly international: Martin O'Neill pleased with Republic of Ireland display


  • Martin O'Neill was keen to highlight the positives in Republic of Ireland's display, despite falling to a 2-1 defeat to Serbia.

  • Friendly international: Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long rues missed opportunities


  • Republic of Ireland goalscorer Shane Long admitted his regret over two wasted chances in the 2-1 defeat to Serbia in Dublin.

  • UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifying: Republic of Ireland lose to Montenegro


  • Striker Stefan Mugosa ended the Republic of Ireland's hopes of reaching the European Under-21s Championship finals as Montenegro completed a fine comeback to win 2-1.

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