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The Men in Blue have climbed up the ladder and are now placed at 163rd spot in the latest FIFA Rankings…

While India has taken part in no International football event since the AFC Challenge Cup debacle in Nepal, the country has seen its fortunes change as they have moved up a slot to be ranked 163rd in the world.

However India are ranked 32nd, a place down from last month, amongst the 46 Asian nations. Despite the Blue Tigers having won the SAFF Championship back in December, losing finalists Afghanistan now find themselves at the 162nd spot while Bangladesh and Nepal continue to enjoy their supremacy over India as they are ranked 151 and 155 respectively. Japan continues to be the highest placed Asian team at the 20th spot while Australia are 23rd.

Brazil have dropped out of the Fifa rankings top 10 for the first time since the system's inception in 1992. The Selecao have fallen five places to 11th after losing their last two games to Mexico and a Lionel Messi inspired-Argentina, who remain seventh.

England have moved up to fourth in the world despite their quarter-final exit at Euro 2012 while Italy, who beat the Three Lions in the quarter-finals and reached the final have jumped up six places into sixth.

Spain retain top spot with Germany rising to second place at the expense of Uruguay while the Netherlands have suffered after their disastrous Euro 2012 campaign, dropping to eighth position. Portugal have also jumped into the top five after reaching the semi-finals in Ukraine and Poland and the Czech Republic have risen nine places to break into the top 20 after making the quarter-finals before being knocked out by the Seleccao.

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