Scotland have moved up three places in the latest edition of FIFA’s world rankings.
Craig Levein’s team are now back in the top 50 nations, rising to 48th position.
Scotland didn’t gain any points during the month of March, with their last game coming against Slovenia in February.
A total of 37.6 points were lost after a 1-1 draw with Croatia in 2009 dropped out of ranking contention.
The nation’s rise then comes down to the recalculation of other historic results, as well as the poor form of a number of other teams.
Spain remain the world’s top ranked nation, followed by Germany, Uruguay, Netherlands and Portugal.
Of Scotland’s World Cup 2014 qualifying opponents, Croatia are the highest ranked, moving up two places to eighth in the world.
Serbia are in 32nd, having fallen six places, Wales are 41st, Belgium are 44th and Macedonia are in 98th position.
North Korea are the world's highest climbers, gaining 25 places and moving up to 86th on account of five consecutive wins in the AFC Challenge Cup March.
Georgia have taken the biggest hit, falling 21 places to 95th.