Genki Haraguchi of Japan (left) and Mile Jedinak of Australia fight for the ball.
Genki Haraguchi of Japan (left) and Mile Jedinak of Australia fight for the ball. JULIAN SMITH

Socceroos drop down rankings after Thailand draw

AUSTRALIA has continued to be up and down like a yo-yo in the world football rankings.

Having risen 19 spots to 40 from a ranking of 59 in June, the Socceroos are back down eight positions to 48 following a disappointing 2-2 draw with Thailand earlier this month. The Thais, incidentally, are down at 146.

Australia has also had to settle for recent draws against Japan and Saudi Arabia.

The latest slide followed the Socceroos having worked their way up from 69 in January.

Argentina, meanwhile, remains No.1 despite a 3-0 loss to Brazil earlier this month, and having not won a title in the four-year cycle that decides the rankings.

The Brazilians sit second ahead of Germany, Chile and Belgium. Iran leads Asian teams at No.30.

Top 20 rankings (last month's rankings in brackets): 1 Argentina (1), 2 Brazil (3), 3 Germany (2), 4 Chile (6), 5 Belgium (4), 6 Colombia (5), 7 France (7), 8 Portugal (8), 9 Uruguay (9), 10 Spain (10), 11 Switzerland (14), 12 Wales (11), 13 England (12), 14 Croatia (16), 15 Poland (15), 16 Italy (13), 17 Costa Rica (18), 18 Mexico (17), 19 Peru (23), 20 Ecuador (19)



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