Socceroos return to top 100 - just

Australia moved back into the top 100 in the latest FIFA world rankings while the team they play in March retains a firm grip on the number one spot.

World Cup champions Germany will end the year at the summit of world football with the top 20 remaining unchanged.

The Socceroos moved up two places to 100 without kicking a ball since their 2-1 defeat to Japan last month.

Meanwhile Japan, have slipped one place in the same period and lose their spot as the highest ranked team in Asian to Iran.

Ange Postecoglou’s men remain the 10th ranked team in Asia heading into next month’s Asian Cup on home soil, with Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Oman, Qatar and China rounding out the top 10.

No Asian Football Confederation (AFC) or Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) nations are represented in the top 50, which has a new member in the form of Zambia – jumping 16 places to number 46.

Joachim Low's Germany side will end a year that saw them win the World Cup for a fourth time at the top, ahead of Argentina and Colombia.

Belgium and Netherlands complete the top five, the former one of the year's biggest movers after gaining 319 points in 2014.