The world champions (1st, up 1) leapfrogged Brazil (3rd, down 2) after enjoying friendly wins over Panama and Curaçao at the same time as their old rivals were losing to Morocco. France (2nd, up 1) also moved past the Brazilians after beating the Netherlands and Republic of Ireland in their opening UEFA EURO qualifiers.
Continental competitions have been responsible for much of this month’s Ranking movement. Serbia (25th, up 4), Scotland (36th, up 6) and Romania (46th, up 6) made significant gains on the back of notable EURO successes, Algeria (34th, up 6) and Egypt (35th, up 4) profited from wins in CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, and Canada (47th, up 6) entered the top 50 after back-to-back Concacaf Nations League victories.
The biggest climbers of all were Central African Republic (122nd, up 10), who enjoyed a double-digit rise on the back of successive wins that have left them well placed to qualify for a first-ever AFCON.
But while Namibia (106th, up 7), Malaysia (138th, up 7), and Gambia (120th, up 6) also enjoyed a month to remember, Cameroon (42nd, down 9) endured the most significant drop after picking up just one point from a possible six in a double-header against the Namibians.
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