Egypt move up in FIFA rankings ahead of 2018 World Cup
Egypt moved up one spot to 45th in the latest FIFA monthly global football rankings ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
The Pharaohs, who were 46th last month, maintained their fifth position amongst other teams in the African continent preceded by Tunisia, Senegal, Congo DR and Morocco.
The Atlas Lions moved up one place to become 41st worldwide, Congo maintained their 38th position, while Senegal, the second-best African team, became 27th worldwide after moving one place up. Meanwhile, the Carthage Eagles moved down seven spots to 21st worldwide while retaining their place at the top of the African rankings.
The rankings were released one week before the 2018 World Cup kicks off. Egypt played three friendlies in their final preparations to the global showpiece as they drew with Kuwait and Colombia before losing to Belgium in their final game on Wednesday.
The Pharaohs were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. Group opponents Uruguay, who will kick off their World Cup campaign against Egypt on June 15, moved three places up to occupy the 14th spot in the global rankings. Russia dropped four spots to become 70th, sitting three places behind Saudi Arabia who maintained their 67th spot.
The top five positions saw no changes as Germany maintained their place on top of the FIFA rankings, followed by Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina.