Federation Internationale de Football Association announces simplified format for World Cup draw

Wales celebrate

Poland's previous no. 5 spot in the FIFA table was the best result for the Polish team since the world football governing body's ranking was launched in 1992.

The United States has dropped two places in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings to No. 28 as it struggles to qualify for the World Cup.

It means Michael O'Neill's men sit above Netherlands (29th), Sweden (23rd), and Iceland (22nd).

World champions Germany leapfrogged Brazil at the top of the rankings while European Champions Portugal moved into third place.

Stanley Okumbi's charges have dropped to position 88 with 400 points from the 82nd spot they occupied last month.

India have slipped out of the top 100 in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

The Taeguk Warriors have earned their spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after finishing second in the final Asian qualifying round. After a disappointing 2017 - a year which has seen chances of World Cup qualification dip from promising to hanging by fingernails - Ireland have dropped 11 places.

Switzerland are seventh, France eighth, Chile ninth and Colombia tenth.

Of the seven, the lowest-ranked nation are Paraguay at 39th in the world.

Nigeria's next opponent in the race to Russian Federation 2018, Zambia rose 18 places up to 78th in the world, after doing the double over Algeria.

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