Socceroos inch up the rankings

The Socceroos have climbed four places to 59 in the latest FIFA world rankings but remain the lowest ranked team heading into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Europe now occupies the top three rankings after Portugal moved into third behind leaders Spain and Germany.

A block of four South American teams follow. Colombia at No. 4 are up one spot, and Uruguay, also up one, move into fifth. Sharing sixth spot are arch rivals Argentina (down three) and Brazil (up three).

Rounding out the top 10 are Switzerland, Italy and Greece. Scotland, now sitting at 22 are the biggest mover, up 15 spots.

Australia sit immediately behind the likes of Mali, Iceland and Norway and are the fifth-ranked team in Asia.

Iran moved up five spots to 37, Japan up one to 47, Uzbekistan up two places to 53 and Korea Republic up four spots to 56.

The Socceroos play their World Cup send-off match next month against South Africa who have slipped two places to 66.

While across the ditch the All Whites have tumbled 21 places to 111. Only 119th placed Liberia has fallen further, down 22 spots.

Ecuador, who defeated the Socceroos 4-3 last month have dropped five places to 28.