Australia challenge Japan in FIFA rankings

The Qantas Socceroos have moved up two places to no. 38 and have jumped above Iran. They are now just three places behind Japan, who dropped one spot to 35th.

Saudi Arabia is 4th highest of the Asian nations in 52nd, followed by Korea Republic in 53rd place and Uzbekistan in 55th.

Australia's other opponents in the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, see Bahrain at 67 and Qatar at 71.

Spain remain top of the rankings ahead of 2nd place Germany, who leapfrog Italy.

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