FIFA world rankings: USMNT on the up ahead of March qualifiers

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FIFA’s latest world rankings were released on Thursday and the U.S. national team is back in the top 30.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s recorded narrow friendly wins against Iceland and Canada in January camp, as they played in the non-FIFA window, hence the main reason why they got a leg up on the competition and climbed two places to 30th in the latest rankings.

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The top 10 remains unchanged with Belgium on top, Argentina in second, Spain in third, reigning World Cup champs Germany in fourth and Chile rounding off the top five.

Brazil, Portugal, Colombia, England and Austria round off the top 10, as the only move inside the top 25 was Italy moving up one spot to 14th and trading placed with the Netherlands.

The U.S. edged above CONCACAF foes Costa Rica who is in 33rd spot, while Mexico is the highest ranked team from the region as they remain in 22nd place.

Expect these rankings to shake up a lot more in the next month or so, with World Cup qualifying games coming up in many regions at the end of this month and plenty of top international friendlies lined up for the big European nations.

Klinsmann’s side face two 2018 World Cup against Guatemala home and away at the end of this month after they began qualifying with a win against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a draw in Trinidad and Tobago last November.

Below is the top 30 in full.

  1. Belgium
  2. Argentina
  3. Spain
  4. Germany
  5. Chile
  6. Brazil
  7. Portugal
  8. Colombia
  9. England
  10. Austria
  11. Uruguay
  12. Switzerland
  13. Ecuador
  14. Italy
  15. Netherlands
  16. Romania
  17. Wales
  18. Croatia
  19. Hungary
  20. Turkey
  21. Bosnia
  22. Mexico
  23. Russia
  24. France
  25. Czech Republic
  26. Slovakia
  27. Ukraine
  28. Northern Ireland
  29. Republic of Ireland
  30. USA