The Indian football team have leapfrogged two places in the latest FIFA rankings as issued on Thursday. The Blue Tigers currently have a total of 1219 points and among the Asian countries, the Sunil Chhetri-led side stands in the 18th position. Also Read - Champions League to Resume on August 7 After COVID-19 Break, Lisbon to Host Mini-tournament: UEFA
The team have not competed in an international tournament since February 7th and lost all the matches of their AFC Asian Cup campaign. Having participated in three matches in the group stage against Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, Team India lost with the scorelines of 1-4, 0-2, 0-1 respectively. Also Read - Sunil Chhetri Quashes Retirement Rumours, Says I'm Enjoying my Football And Not Going Away Anytime Soon
Topping the rankings among the Asian countries is Iran at 21, followed by Japan (26), South Korea (37), Australia (41) and Qatar (55). Also Read - ISL: Spanish Star Edu Bedia Extends His Stay at FC Goa For Two More Years
Belgium remained at the top of the rankings with 1737 points followed by World Champions France (1734), Brazil (1676), England (1647) and Croatia (1621).
Despite winning the World Cup earlier last year in Russia, France has slipped down to the second spot. Belgium are loaded with promising talent with the likes of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne leading from the front.
With the Euro Cup 2020 closing in, the rankings are now bound to change further. England, who also comprise of very talented players will also be one of the favourites among the likes of Spain, Germany, and France after impressing in the World Cup, where the Harry Kane-led side had qualified till the quarterfinals of the tournament.
India will be looking to improve their rankings now after a disappointing tournament in the AFC Asian Cup. Indian football is developing well with intensive grassroots programmes courtesy to competitive leagues like the Indian Super League and the I-league.