The Caltex Socceroos have risen two more spots in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, the first of 2018.
After sitting 38th in the rankings in December, Australia are now up to 36th despite not playing a match since their Intercontinental Playoff win over Honduras in November.
Iran remain Asia's top-ranked team despite dropping two positions, to now sit just above the Caltex Socceroos at 34th.
Japan (56), Korea Republic (59) and China (70) were the next best of the AFC nations, all moving up one spot.
Fellow Asian nation Kuwait were the biggest movers of the month, up 15 spots to 174 in the world.
The Caltex Socceroos’ opponents at this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia remain near the top of the rankings.
France sit inside the top 10 at ninth, with Peru two spots further back at 11 and Denmark are 12th.
Australia’s opponents in March’s friendly Norway are 58th.
Elsewhere, world champions Germany held on to top spot, ahead of Brazil, Portugal and Argentina.
Aussies Abroad: Sainsbury denies former club Inter in first UEFA Champions League start
Two Caltex Socceroos defenders were involved in key UEFA Champions League matches on Wednesday morning (AEDT). Milos Degenek’s Red Star Belgrade took on the might of Paris Saint Germain, featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, while Trent Sainsbury went to former club Inter Milan
Aussies Abroad: Nabbout, Urawa Red Diamonds win Emperors Cup final
Andrew Nabbout emerged an Emperors Cup Final winner with Urawa Red Diamonds after the J-League outfit defeated Vegalta Sendai 1-0 yesterday evening. Nabbout was an unused substitute as the Reds clinched the trophy thanks to an early strike from Tomoya Ugajin. It is Urawa’s
'Amazing reward': Cahill to feature in FIFA World Football Museum
A pair of Tim Cahill’s boots will join items like the FIFA World Cup trophy, match balls from some of football’s biggest occasions and rare match-worn shirts in FIFA’s World Football Museum in Switzerland. The Caltex Socceroos legend revealed on Instagram on Sunday morning (AE
Boyle given 'all clear' following 'nasty collision'
Caltex Socceroos attacker Martin Boyle has been given the “all clear” following a head knock in Hibernian’s Scottish Premiership win at Hamilton Academical on Sunday morning (AEDT). Boyle needed lengthy treatment before half time after clashing with Hamilton’s Gary Woods and s