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All Whites' FIFA ranking spikes

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017 Angelo Risso

Head coach Anthony Hudson of the New Zealand All Whites. © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Head coach Anthony Hudson of the New Zealand All Whites. The All Whites have cracked the top 100 in FIFA's latest world rankings, moving up 17 places to 95th.

In what was the largest rankings spike anywhere in the world, the Kiwi side reaped the benefits of two clinical wins over Fiji, a victory over New Caledonia and positive showings against USA and Mexico.

It's the first time since 2016 that the All Whites have been ranked inside FIFA's top 100 international nations, but well below their all-time best of 47th in 2002.

They'll play Northern Ireland in a pre-Confederations Cup friendly on Saturday, before taking on Belarus on the way to Russia.

Mexico, Portugal and hosts Russia shape up as New Zealand's pool opponents.

"I think it's important to note that we don't play as often as many of our rivals, so this is a really good achievement," All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said.

"We have long believed that we are better than our ranking suggests, and we have a great chance to prove that over the next month.

"Our goal in Russia is to make New Zealand proud."

Elsewhere, Brazil, Argentina and Germany continue to make up FIFA's top three international sides, with Poland rising to 10th.

England have jumped one spot to 13th, while the Asia-based Socceroos move up two places to 48th ahead of their own Confederations Cup tilt.

Tahiti, the next highest Oceanian outfit, have jumped two spots to 151st, with Papua New Guinea tailing behind at 153rd.

The FIFA world rankings are updated monthly.

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