The Socceroos continue to plumb new depths as the latest FIFA world rankings sees them pipped by Cape Verde Islands, Benin and Congo.
Ange Postecoglou’s men tumbled another three places to 79 but remained 8th in Asia ahead of the AFC Asian Cup in January.
Japan remains the confederation's number one side followed by Iran, Uzbekistan, Jordan Korea Republic, UAE and Oman. Saudi Arabia – who the Socceroos play in London next month – and Palestine round out the top 10.
Globally, World Cup winners Germany retain their grip on top spot ahead of Argentina and the Netherlands, while Spain jumped one spot to equal 7th with Brazil.
World Cup quarter-finalists Costa Rica reached their highest ever position since world rankings were introduced in 1993.
The Los Ticos continued their upward trajectory to 15th, up one, at the expense of the USA who fell to 18th, down three.
The lull in international football meant CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers saw the biggest moves in Africa as Sierra Leone made their first top 50 appearance, up 14 places to 50th.
Lesotho enjoyed the biggest gains (105th, up 26), while Malawi (106th, up 15), Benin (77th, up 14), Botswana (86th, up 13) and Guinea-Bissau (123rd, up 13) all made significant ground on the rankings table.2 comments