New Zealand have dropped one place on Fifa’s world rankings and fallen behind African minnows Ethiopia and Rwanda.
The All Whites are ranked 123rd after losing their last five matches, which included group stage losses to Portugal (4-0), Mexico (2-1) and Russia (2-0) at the Confederations Cup in June, as well as two 1-0 friendly defeats to Belarus and Northern Ireland prior to the global tournament in Russia.
Ethiopia are one place above the All Whites – in joint 120th with Oman and Tanzania – after leaping 16 places, while Rwanda have climbed eight places to 119th.
Neither of the African nations can qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia after respective defeats to Congo and Libya in the second round of CAF’s (Confederation of African Football) qualifying.
But Anthony Hudson’s New Zealand team still can with the two-legged Oceania final against the Solomon Islands to come in September, with the winner playing against the fifth-placed South American nation in a two-legged inter-continental play-off in November for a place on world football’s grandest stage.
BRAZIL BACK ON TOP
Meanwhile, Confederations Cup champions Germany have been knocked off the top of the Fifa world rankings by Brazil.
World Cup holders Germany drop to second despite beating Chile 1-0 in July’s Confed Cup final.
Brazil on 1604 points have overtaken Germany, who are second on 1549, while Argentina remain third on 1399.
Switzerland gained a spot to fourth for their best position since 1993 and Poland also moved up one to fifth. European champions Portugal slipped two places to sixth. Chile, Colombia, Belgium and France complete the top 10.
Australia (691) remain unchanged in 45th, behind Japan but ahead of Denmark.
Spain (11th), Italy (12th) and England (13th) are also unchanged. Mexico, Peru, Croatia, Uruguay, Wales, Sweden and Iceland round out the top-20.
Iran is the top Asian nation in 24th, one ahead of Egypt, the best from Africa. Mexico lead the Concacaf region in 14th, ahead of the USA in 26th.
Read More News Here Source link