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The Blue Tigers are behind New Zealand (103), who missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after losing to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month.

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  • Last updated:June 23, 2022, 21:11 Indochina time
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The Indian football team reaped a good harvest from its impressive campaign in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, securing two spots to jump to 104th place in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday.

The Blue Tigers are behind New Zealand (103), who missed out on qualifying for the 2022 World Cup after losing to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month.

However, India’s ranking among the members of the Asian Football Confederation has remained steady at 19th place. Iran retained the first place among the countries of the Asian Football Confederation in 23rd place.

The team led by Sunil Chhetri had their best Asian Cup qualifying campaign earlier this month when they won all three of their league matches to move up to the top of Group D and secure a place in the 24-team finals to be held in 2023.

This was India’s fifth all-around qualifier and the first time that India qualified for back-to-back Asian Cups.

In the overall standings, Brazil remained on top, three months after taking first place from Belgium (second).

Argentina jumped one place to third place at the expense of France (fourth), which paid the price of four matches without a win in the European Nations League.

England, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark completed the top ten.

The next FIFA World Ranking will be released on August 25.

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