19 Nov 2010

All Whites drop down football world rankings

1:03 pm on 19 November 2010

The All Whites could plunge even further down the world football rankings, following the biggest fall of any side in the top 100 in the latest shakedown.

New Zealand dropped eight places in FIFA's November rankings to number 59, thanks partly to the draw with Honduras and loss to Paraguay in their last two home friendlies but mainly due to the crucial World Cup qualifying win over Bahrain.

That was now over a year ago. The All Whites could slip to as far as 70th before they get a chance to score decent rankings points in next year's World Cup qualifiers.

The World Cup champions Spain remain at number one ahead of the Netherlands and Brazil third.

Australia climbed one spot to 20th and England remain in sixth spot.