India jumps 31 places to claim 101 spot in FIFA rankings

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New Delhi : For the first time in couple of decades, India jumped 31 places to claim 101 spot in the FIFA rankings.

Under Stephen Constantine, India rode their narrow 1-0 win against Myanmar in their third round opener of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers to record their sixth consecutive victory.

India's highest FIFA ranking so far has been 94, which was attained in February 1996 while India were ranked 99 in November 1993 and 100 in October 1993, December 1993 and April 1996.

India accumulated a total of 331 points. Last month's total saw them net 233 points.

The near historic rise in rankings has seen Sunil Chhetri and company leapfrog North Korea, Thailand, Latvia, Jordan and former Asia champions Iraq to name a few.

India are tied on points with Estonia, Lithuania and Nicaragua. The ranking of 101 elevated India to 11th in Asia.

Five-time World Cup champions Brazil are at the top of the FIFA rankings. They displaced bitter rivals Argentina who are now at the second spot while reigning world champions Germany are third.

Chile, Colombia, France, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain complete the top 10.