Iran moves seven places up to 23rd in the latest FIFA World ranking

( Iran moved seven places up to 23rd in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.

Iran remain Asia’s highest representatives in the rankings, followed by Australia, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Germany have usurped Brazil at the top of the rankings following their Confederations Cup victory.

With the Selecao in second, Argentina are now third, while Portugal occupy fourth spot in the latest standings.

Switzerland moved up four places to fifth, above Poland, whose ranking of sixth is their highest ever.

Chile and Colombia are seventh and eighth respectively, while France and Belgium complete the top 10 in the most recent standings.

The FIFA rankings, weighing team’s results over a four-year cycle, will have an impact later this year. FIFA typically uses the rankings to decide seeding for World Cup playoffs and the finals tournament draw, which is made on Dec. 1 in Moscow.