The underwhelming form of England in recent fixtures has seen them drop to 17th in the new FIFA world rankings, their lowest position in twelve years.
In the new rankings England are rated below Switzerland, Chile and USA, who all made ground with impressive displays of form in recent times.
England's disappointing fate has come following their recent problems in World Cup qualifying.
Despite going unbeaten in the current campaign, England's only victories to date have come over the vastly inferior Moldova and San Marino, while the Three Lions have been unable to register victories against Poland, Ukraine or Montenegro- teams that England had formerly considered to also be inferior to themselves. While the rankings currently agree with this, the gap is closing, with Ukraine and Montenegro currently 26th and 27th in the world respectively.
The slide of England is particularly alarming when it is considered that a mere 13 months ago Roy Hodgson's men were ranked at third in the world, despite their disappointing Euro 2012 exit to Italy in the quarter-finals.
Elsewhere amongst the home nations, Wales are 52nd, following disappointing consecutive losses to Macedonia and Serbia, the Republic of Ireland 59th, Scotland 63rd, all having slipped further down the list, while Northern Ireland rose 23 places to 86th, despite an abject 3-2 loss to Lithuania on Friday night.
While Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now consigned to missing out on Rio 2014 a strong run of form to finish the qualifiers could be vital, as a higher ranking could mean an easier draw for the France 2016 qualifying campaign. England too are in danger of losing their Pot 1 status, and could hitherto be handed a much more difficult group in the future.
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