Hosts Russia head into World Cup as lowest-ranked side after dropping below Saudi Arabia into 70th as England find themselves joint-12th
- FIFA world rankings announced ahead of start of World Cup next week
- Hosts Russia will head into World Cup as the lowest-ranked team
- England are ranked in 12th place alongside Denmark
Russia, who suffered a 1-0 loss to Austria in a friendly last month, slipped four places to 70th in the standings, behind Saudi Arabia at 67th.
The two lowest-ranked teams will kick off the World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14.
Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev reacts after conceding in this week’s 1-1 draw with Turkey
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England, meanwhile, find themselves ranked in joint-12th place alongside Denmark.
World Cup holders Germany stay top after the latest round of international fixtures while the rest of the top seven remained unchanged from May’s rankings.
Poland’s recent form has helped them climb into eighth position at the expense of Spain, who have dropped to 10th, while Uruguay have climbed to 14th.
Syria (73), Lebanon (79), Kosovo (141) and Gibraltar (195) achieved their best ever positions in the rankings.
Joachim Low’s defending champions Germany are ranked as the No 1 side in the world
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