Eagles soar on Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking

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World Cup-bound Tunisia remain Africa's highest placed team in the latest edition of the FIFA World Rankings, released on Thursday, while Nigeria are among the continent's big movers. The Egyptians dropped two places from their position in March.

World Champions Germany retained their top spot in world football with 1384 points.

The Eagles began 2018 by retaining the 51st position they dropped to in December but the team could not maintain the spot and slid down a spot in February to 52, which they retained in March.

Nepal moved three positions up in this month's FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) ranking, which are based on results over a four-year period, as published on this evening.

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Tunisia (14), Senegal (28), Congo DR (38), Morocco (42) and Egypt (46) are all above Nigeria (47) in the African Ranking.

Belgium's move up the rankings means UEFA Euro 2016 champions Portugal have slipped down to fourth and Argentina now sit fifth.

Proposals for the new-look tournament suggest the opening phase will consist of 16 three-team groups, with the top two in each group moving forward to a 32-nation knock-out tournament.

Their ascent leaves them ahead of Mexico, Colombia and Uruguay, and only one place behind England, one of their Group G opponents at the World Cup in Russian Federation. Spain dropped to eight while Chile and Poland complete the top 10.

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