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Harimau Malaya moved up to 163rd spot, one better than last month's ranking, with rivals Singapore dropping three spots to 165th

Malaysia's national football team has moved up one place from 164th to 163rd in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

The Malayan Tigers, who played two international matches last month, are now above their local rivals, Singapore, who dropped three places to the 165th Spot.

Rajagopal's men lost to Palestine 0-2 in a friendly game last month, but before that they beat Yemen 2-1 in their Asian Cup Qualifying match at the Shah Alam Stadium, Selangor.

However, Malaysia are still behind some of Asean powerhouses. They are currently in 31st spot out of 46 Asia countries in the rankings, behind teams such as Vietnam (132), Thailand (140), and Myanmmar (155). In Asia, Japan are still leading the rest of the pack at 29th spot but are closely followed by Korea Republic (42) and Australia (46) respectively.

At the top of the table, there are no changes in the top three as Spain, Germany and Argentina still take the top places. Croatia moved five places up to fourth spot and are followed by Portugal and Colombia, England have dropped to 7th in the rankings.

The improvement in rankings might be good news to head coach Datuk K. Rajagopal, who is currently under immense pressure with rumours on his removal from national coach position spreading widely.

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