The five-time world champions, who last month became the first team to qualify for next year's World Cup, stretched the gap between first and second to 69 points, up from 58 points in April. India is the 11th highest placed team in Asia in the rankings.
Head coach Stephen Constantine warned his team against complacency. "I'm happy the team is winning away and rankings have shot up considerably", the ace striker who played for East Bengal and Mohun Bagan and was one of the key members of the India team at the peak of his career, added. "AIFF has been providing the National Team with the best of exposure and facilities and we expect the Team to keep up the good work". It means that we are heading in the right direction. "There's no place for complacency", said Constantine, who took charge of the Indian team in 2015.
While the Blue Tigers will not play any matches this month, they are set to go up in arms against Lebanon and Kyrgyzstan in June, in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers UAE 2019. "It's pleasing that we are presently ranked 100. At the same time, we need to stay aware of the challenge in hand", said All India Football Federation general secretary Kushal Das.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will not only unearth some of the best young footballers in the world, but also provide an opportunity to people from all walks of life to showcase and improve their skills through this photo contest and the Volunteer Programme.
"It is such an honor for me to be able to make this trip". "#India is a very passionate football nation, and I look forward to meeting a whole new generation of fans while continuing to spread the overwhelming love that I have for this lovely game".