10 Oct 2008

All Whites climb world rankings

7:26 am on 10 October 2008

New Zealand's rocketed up 57 places to 54th on the world football rankings following back to back wins in their world cup qualifying campaign.

Convincing wins over New Caledonia last month booked the All Whites both a place at next year's Confederations Cup, and a two-legged play-off with the fifth-best Asian team for a place at the World Cup in South Africa.

The All Whites, whose highest position since FIFA World Rankings began was 47 in 2002, have climbed over 100 places since beginning their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

The All Whites' final World Cup qualifier against Fiji - originally scheduled as the campaign's opener in Albany - will be played in a month's time in Lautoka.

European champions Spain extended their lead at the top of the rankings ahead of nearest challengers Italy and Germany, while Brazil moved up two places to fourth.