Scotland's pain is Socceroos' gain in latest world rankings

The green and gold have somehow managed to rise

Despite not playing a game in the recent international break, the Socceroos have risen one place in the latest FIFA world rankings to 41st. 

The surprise rise comes after Scotland, who were above Australia, dropped four places having lost 3-0 to Kazakhstan in their first EURO qualifier before beating San Marino 2-0.

With the Olyroos in action during the international window and Socceroos coach Graham Arnold overseeing them, the green and gold were kept on ice in March.

Australia's next match is now expected to be played away in June against Korea Republic before World Cup qualifying kicks off later in the year.

Iran (21), Japan (26) and Korea Republic (37) all also rose one place in the latest world rankings and remain the highest placed Asian countries.

The top three remains unchanged will Belgium leading the way followed by France and Brazil.

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England meanwhile has risen up to fourth as they replaced World Cup finalists Croatia following recent emphatic victories.  

In the women's rankings, which were updated late in March, the Matildas remain sixth but are now just three points behind fifth-placed Canada. 

The USA remains top with Germany and England behind them.