Japan have risen to number 23 on the FIFA World Rankings to move past the Qantas Socceroos.
Japan have received a boost ahead of next week's FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Qantas Socceroos moving above them on FIFA's latest rankings.
The Blue Samurai leaping seven spots to No.23, while Australia will start their final round of 2014 World Cup qualifiers as No.24.
Meanwhile, Spain will start their European Championship defence as the world's top-ranked team, while Germany lost their No.2 slot to Uruguay.
Germany fell to No.3, ahead of their Euro 2012 group opponent the Netherlands. Group B rival Portugal plummeted from No.5 to 10th.
Brazil and England each rose one place to No.5 and 6, respectively, with Argentina climbing two to No.7.
Fox Sports wll show Japan v Jordan, before the Qantas Socceroos take on Oman on Friday, from 8.20pm
Instant MLS impression a promising sign for Brad Smith
Brad Smith played just over four hours of football for Bournemouth last season. But it took 73 minutes for the Caltex Socceroos fullback to claim accord with new club Seattle Sounders after an impressive Major League Soccer debut yesterday. AUSSIES ABROAD: Maclaren, Vukovic
'It feels like I've never been away': Jamie Maclaren's relief after summer in the dark
From an initial FIFA World Cup™ omission to constant uncertainty over his future, it’s been a difficult summer for Jamie Maclaren. However, after making his first start of the season for Hibernian yesterday, the Caltex Socceroos striker feels right back at home in Scottish Pre