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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.

  • Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is ready to find a new club after recovering from major injury


  • Ex-Scotland international Craig Gordon has revealed he is ready to make a return to the game following a two-year battle with injury.

  • Women's football: Scotland are up to 19th in the world, their highest-ever ranking


  • Scotland Women have moved up one place to 19th in the latest world rankings, their highest position on the list.

  • UEFA approve launch of Nations League from 2018


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

  • Scotland to play Nigeria at Craven Cottage in May


  • Scotland will take on Nigeria in a friendly at Craven Cottage on May 28, the Scottish Football Association have announced.

  • Darren Fletcher applauds Gordon Strachan's infectious Scotland spirit


  • Darren Fletcher paid testament to the infectious culture set by Gordon Strachan following his Scotland return.

  • International friendly: A Scott Brown goal earns Scotland a 1-0 win in Poland


  • Scott Brown scored his second Scotland winner in two games as Gordon Strachan's side beat Euro 2016 group rivals Poland 1-0 in a Warsaw friendly.

  • Gordon Strachan happy with Scotland progress after friendly win in Poland


  • Scotland manager Gordon Strachan said his side's 1-0 friendly win over Poland was further evidence of his side's steady progress, but insisted the result would mean nothing when the two teams meet again in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

  • Barry Bannan welcomes Darren Fletcher's return for Scotland


  • Scotland midfielder Barry Bannan has welcomed Darren Fletcher's return to the international set-up.

  • Mark McGhee is happy with the competition among Scotland's strikers


  • Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee is happy with the growing competition among the nation's strikers.

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