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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.

  • UEFA approve launch of Nations League from 2018


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

  • Wales captain Ashley Williams hails "super-human" Gareth Bale


  • Wales captain Ashley Williams believes "super-human" Gareth Bale can propel them to Euro 2016, feeling the Real Madrid superstar has improved since moving to Spain.

  • Video: Bale wonder goal for Wales


  • Gareth Bale scored the goal of the night as he ran from the halfway line to slot home Wales' third goal in a 3-1 win over Iceland.

  • International friendly: Wales ease to 3-1 win over Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium


  • Gareth Bale inspired Wales to a comfortable 3-1 international friendly win over Iceland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

  • International news: Gareth Bale believes Wales are in good shape for Euro 2016


  • Gareth Bale believes that Wales are in good stead for the qualifying stages of Euro 2016 after he starred in a 3-1 friendly win over Iceland.

  • International news: Wales boss Chris Coleman hails Gareth Bale display


  • Wales boss Chris Coleman hailed Gareth Bale after the Real Madrid star inspired Wales to a 3-1 friendly win over Iceland.

  • UEFA European U-21 Championship qualifying: England overcome Wales in 1-0 win


  • Nathan Redmond scored the only goal as England Under-21s edged out Wales Under-21s 1-0 in Wednesday's 2015 European Championship qualifier at Derby's iPro Stadium.

  • Williams: Wales face 'massive test'


  • Wales Under-21s boss Geraint Williams has called upon his players to rise to the challenge of taking on their England counterparts.

  • International football: Wales coach Chris Coleman happy to play Gareth Bale for 90 minutes


  • Wales manager Chris Coleman would be happy to play Gareth Bale for 90 minutes in Wednesday's international friendly against Iceland.

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