Socceroos jump four places in world rankings

The Socceroos continue to lift their game in the FIFA world rankings, climbing four spots to 59 in the latest table released on Thursday.

Ange Postecoglou’s men were 63 in the previous rankings released in June before their 2-1 opening 2018 World Cup qualifier win against Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek.

The latest release puts the Aussies fourth in Asia behind Iran (38) and Japan (50) – the only AFC national teams in the top 50 – and Korea Republic (52) who the Socceroos defeated for the Asian Cup crown in January.

UAE (69), Uzbekistan (75), China (77), Iraq (86), Jordan (92) and Saudi Arabia complete the Asian top 10 national teams.

Overall, Argentina rise to number one spot, while Wales enter the top 10 for the first time.

Argentina overtook Germany as the best ranked team in world football despite their Copa America final defeat to Chile earlier this month.

Gerardo Martino's side leapt two places after the tournament, which saw them lose the decider on penalties to the hosts in Santiago.

Chile's success saw them close in on the top 10, but the biggest movers are Wales, who have vaulted to a record-high ranking of 10th.

Victory over Belgium - who have dropped to third - in last month's Euro 2016 qualifier helped Chris Coleman's side sneak into the top 10, one place behind England in ninth.

Gareth Bale's strike in Cardiff was enough to secure a 1-0 win over the World Cup quarter-finalists, putting them top of Group B and on course for the first major finals since 1958.

The victory sees Wales climb 12 places in the world rankings, and above European champions Spain, as well as boosting their World Cup qualifying hopes.

Wales will be seeded for the World Cup 2018 qualifying draw later this month.

Colombia and Netherlands round out the top five behind Argentina, Germany and Belgium. Brazil, Portugal and Romania sit sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.