The Fennec Foxes of Algeria have retained their place at the top of African national team football in the latest release of FIFA’s monthly ranking.

World football’s governing body rank the North Africans as the 32nd best country in the world, while they lead the list of African teams in the standings.

Four spots behind Algeria in the overall ranking, current African champions Côte d’Ivoire are the second placed Africans. The podium is completed by Ghana in third, with the Black Stars considered 37th overall.

Algeria players pose for a team photo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Germany and Algeria at Estadio Beira-Rio on June 30, 2014 in Porto Alegre, Brazil © Julian Finney/Getty

Fourth and fifth on the ranking from an African perspective belongs to Senegal and Egypt respectively, while sixth position in the June ranking is reserved for the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.

The Cape Verde Islands are in the top 50 overall, as the 49th highest placed nation but in African terms they are seventh best.

Eighth position in Africa belongs to the Democratic Republic of Congo, in spot number 52 overall, while the rest of the African top ten sees Guinea in ninth place and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon as number 10.

The Cameroonians experienced a five-place leap this month, making them the biggest gainer in the African top 10 at 58th overall.