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The Socceroos surprising rise up the FIFA world rankings

01:22 GMT+3 08/06/2018
Andrew Nabbout Socceroos
An encouraging rise for Bert van Marwijk's side ahead of the World Cup

Australia's recent 4-0 friendly win over Czech Republic in Austria has resulted in a decent jump up the FIFA World rankings, with the Socceroos rising four spots to sit 36th in the world.

The green and gold are now the highest ranked Asian nation heading into the World Cup after surpassing Iran, who now sit one place below them in 37th. 

While Australia's four-place jump does come as a bit of surprise, it shows the rankings power placed on playing against European competition with Iran's recent 2-1 loss to Turkey seeing them drop one place. 

The Socceroos continued rise up the rankings comes four years after they plummeted to 100th - their worst ever placing.

Conversely, Australia's highest ever ranking of 21 came in 2009 on the back of their progress to the round of 16 at the 2006 World Cup, and should the green and gold achieve something similar in Russia, expect another big jump up the rankings.

Elsewhere, the Socceroos Group C opponents at this World Cup all maintained their strong rankings with France 7th, Peru 11th and Denmark 12th. 

Russia will enter their own tournament as the lowest ranked nation after dropping four places down to 70th, while New Zealand have jumped up 13 ranking spots to now sit 120th.