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 intercontinental play-off in November for a place on world football’s grandest stage.
Two-time World Cup winners Argentina are third in the latest rankings and they occupy fifth in Conmebol’s table with four matches left in South America’s qualifiers.
Brazil top the rankings again and replace world champions Germany, who slip to second.
Switzerland and Poland have moved above Portugal into fourth and fifth place respectively, as the European champions drop to sixth.