The Dutch national team is the new number eleven in the FIFA world ranking.

The team of national coach Louis van Gaal has won one place in the ranking published on Thursday.

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In the first games under Van Gaal, the Orange played a 1-1 draw in Norway and they won convincingly on home soil against Montenegro (4-0) and Turkey (6-1).

Prior to last summer's European Championship, when the Netherlands under national coach Frank de Boer stranded in the eighth finals, our country was still in sixteenth place in the FIFA ranking.

Two places were already won in August.

The last time the Dutch national team belonged to the top ten countries in the world was in 2015. At the time, the Orange squad was fifth at its peak, after which a free fall followed in the following years.

Belgium is still the leader of the ranking, followed by Brazil.

England is the new number three at the expense of world champions France.

Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark round out the top ten.

The next games of the Orange are early next month, when Latvia (October 8) and Gibraltar (October 11) are the opponents in the World Cup qualifier.

The series will conclude in November against Montenegro and Norway.

Top 15 FIFA Ranking

  • 1. Belgium - 1,832.33 points

  • 2. Brazil - 1,811.73

  • 3. England - 1,755.44

  • 4. France - 1,754.31

  • 5. Italy - 1,735.73

  • 6. Argentina - 1,725.31

  • 7. Portugal - 1,674.90

  • 8. Spain - 1,673.68

  • 9. Mexico - 1,666.19

  • 10. Denmark - 1,658.49

  • 11. Netherlands - 1,648.20

  • 12. Uruguay - 1,645.42

  • 13. United States - 1,643.10

  • 14. Germany - 1,627.80

  • 15. Switzerland - 1,622.73

See also: View the remaining World Cup qualifying program of Orange and the competition

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