India jumped two places to finish 2016 at 135, their best in the last six years, in the FIFA rankings published on Thursday.
National coach Stephen Constantine attributed the upsurge to all his players and the staff. "It can’t be achieved without the help of the players. We have an exceptional batch of players as we are in the process of building the team for the future," Constantine said.
"The developments off the field saw us win the 2016 AFC Award for the Best Developing Member Association and we also had Uvena Fernandes, the first even Indian referee to officiate a World Cup final match. And off course we need to remember that we had an Indian Club in the AFC Cup final for the first time ever and one of our youth development product becoming the first Indian player to play in the Europa League," he added.
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