India static at 105th in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

India static at 105th in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

However, despite beating Argentina 4-2 in a high-grade worldwide friendly earlier this month, they are now eighth on the continent.

Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Korea Republic and Australia will be Asia's representatives at the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russian Federation.

Senegal replaced Tunisia as the highest ranked African country after jumping to their highest ever position of 23rd overall following their two wins over South Africa.

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Most fans of the Nigeria team would however be disappointed with the latest ranking, as they expected the recent exploits of the team to have raised the Eagles to a more desirable position.

They declined from 66th spot in August to 80th in September following their losses to Cape Verde Islands, but were back inside the top 74 teams in the world in October.

"Wow, that would be another great game for us to play before the World Cup and that will be a wonderful preparation for us to really test our ability before the World Cup", the Super Eagles vice-captain said. However, Nigeria are eighth in Africa.

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They may have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years but Italy may yet find themselves taking part in Russian Federation, next summer.

All five of the Asian Football Confederation's World Cup entries are outside the top 32, however the Socceroos have moved to their highest ranking in four years at No 39. Morocco (40), 6. Burkina Faso (44), 7.

African champions Cameroon dropped three places to the 45th position.

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Spain moved up to sixth, Poland are now seventh.

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