New low for Netherlands
LONDON: The Netherland’s dismal run of results is set to see them drop to their lowest ever world ranking when the new table is published next month.
Holland sacked manager Danny Blind following the 2-0 defeat in Bulgaria last week and then lost 2-1 at home against Italy on Tuesday and have fallen to 32 in the world rankings.
The only teams the Dutch have beaten since September last year are Belarus and Luxembourg and are in serious danger of missing out on their second successive major tournament after failing to qualify for the Euros in France last year.
The drop to 32 is down six places from 26 where they were last year when they missed out on Euro 2016 and they are down in fourth in the qualifying group and three points behind second place Sweden.
At the other end of the table, Brazil have returned to the top of the world rankings for the first time in six years.
Brazil became the first team to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia following 3-0 win over Paraguay.
Under new manager Tete, Brazil have won their last eight qualifiers in a row and nine in a row in all games, scoring 25 goals and conceding just two.
Brazil will replace Argentina at the top of the world rankings as they drop to second following defeat in Bolivia.
World Cup winners Germany are the top European nation in third while Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain all earn spots in the top 10.
Uruguay are one of the biggest losers this month, dropping six places from ninth to 15th following defeats by Brazil and Peru and they are now Wales in 13th and England in 14th.
Northern Ireland have climbed to their highest ever world ranking of 26th, which is six places higher than they have ever been and level with Republic of Ireland. Daily Mail
The Netherlands’ interim head coach Fred Grim reacts during their friendly match against Italy onTuesday.