Socceroos in rankings free-fall

Australia have tumbled 14 places in the latest FIFA World rankings coming in at 76 after a World Cup campaign in which they lost all three group stage matches.

The free-falling Socceroos have also lost ground in Asia where they have dropped to 8th spot.

Ange Postecoglou's men are now ranked below Uzbekistan (2), Jordan (5), UAE (6) and Oman (7) who all failed to qualify for Brazil.

Japan is listed as the top ranked side in the confederation, moving up one place, to bump Iran down to second. Korea Republic (4), Saudi Arabia (9) and Palestine (10) round out the top 10 nations in Asia.

Only two countries in the top 10 recorded falls - Australia and Iran (down six spots).

The Socceroos dropped more places than any other country in Asia, while Iraq (up 15) and Qatar (up 14) recorded the biggest rises.

In world rankings Japan come in at 45 and Iran 49.

Uzbekistan climbed seven spots to 52, Korea Republic is up one to 56, Jordan jumped six to 57, the UAE is up seven to 65 and Oman climbed 10 places to 69. Saudi Arabia moved up 12 to 78 and Palestine came in at 85, jumping 9 places.

Elsewhere, Germany returned to the top of FIFA's rankings for the first time since June 1994, following their World Cup triumph in Brazil

Beaten finalists Argentina climbed three places to second.

Netherlands rose 12 spots to return to the top three for the first time in two years.

Colombia are fourth and Belgium round off the top five after their run to the quarter-finals also resulted in a record high position.

Spain had led the way in every year since the side's 2008 UEFA European Championship triumph, but they slip to eighth after a disastrous World Cup campaign that saw them exit at the group stage.

France (10) are back in the top 10 for the first time since their disastrous World Cup campaign in 2010. Uruguay (6), Brazil (7) and Switzerland (9), round out the top 10.

But three of Europe's biggest sides plummeted out after poor showings in Brazil.

Portugal dropped from fourth to 11th, Italy came in at 14 - their lowest placing in four years - while England's group-stage exit leaves them at 20, an 18-year low.

The results of 111 international “A” matches have been taken into account for the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which 64 were played at the World Cup in Brazil.