Scotland among the biggest movers in latest FIFA rankings

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Scotland are among the biggest movers in the latest FIFA world rankings after climbing eight places to 59th.

Last month’s 1-1 friendly draw with Canada and the crucial World Cup qualifying 1-0 victory over Slovenia has seen Gordon Strachan’s side leap-frog the likes of World Cup hosts Russia, South Africa and Israel.

Of the teams above Scotland, only Northern Ireland (26th) and Bulgaria (55th) have made greater progress after moving 9 and 16 places respectively.

(pic: FIFA.com)

The March 26 victory over Group F rivals Slovenia was a huge factor in Scotland heading in the right direction after Chris Martin scored a late winner to breathe fresh life into the qualifying campaign.

Qualifying rivals England, who travel to Hampden on June 10, remain 14th, Slovakia are at 23rd, Slovenia move up three to 55th, Lithuania climb six to joint 101st, while Malta are ranked 182nd.

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