India rise a spot to 155th in FIFA rankings

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Zurich, Sep 3 (IANS) India have jumped a place to the 155th spot in the global football rankings released on Thursday.

According to the rankings released by world football governing body FIFA, India fared marginally better as they moved up a place from their previous 156th position.

India dropped 15 places to the 156th spot earlier in July following two consecutive defeats in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

India will face Iran in a World Cup qualifier in Bengaluru on September 8. The team, coached by Stephen Constantine, was held goalless by Nepal in a practice match in Pune on August 31.

Copa America runners-up Argentina continued to top the list, which they attained in July, ahead of second-placed Belgium and world champions Germany, who are third.

Colombia and five-time world champions Brazil round off the top five list, in the fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Portugal are sixth in the rankings, ahead of seventh-placed Romania and Chile.

Wales have moved up to their highest ever position at ninth, ahead of England who fell two places to 10th.

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