The latest batch of FIFA World rankings does not make pleasant reading for the Home Nations or the Republic of Ireland.
Despite winning their last two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, Martin O’Neill’s side have slipped two places to 33rd in the October rankings, overtaken by Ivory Coast and Senegal.
Wales, meanwhile, have drawn their last two qualifiers and as a result have slipped out of the top ten to 11th almost as quickly as they entered it, as 2010 World Cup winners Spain reclaim their place.
England remain unchanged in 12th place, still slightly below Wales, after beating Malta 2-0 and drawing 0-0 in Slovenia.
Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland have dropped six places to 36th (and below the Republic of Ireland) after losing their first qualifier in nearly two years to reigning world champions Germany.
Scotland, meanwhile, are in freefall. Gordon Strachan’s side needed a late equaliser against Lithuania before being soundly beaten 3-0 by Slovakia later, and have dropped 13 places on last month to 57th.
Wales: 11th (down 1)
England: 12th (no change)
Republic of Ireland: 33rd (down 2)
Northern Ireland: 36th (down 6)
Scotland: 57th (down 13)
The top ten has also seen a few names moved around. As mentioned above, Spain have clawed their way back into tenth place, while Germany and Brazil move up to second and third respectively. Argentina remain in top spot.
Belgium have slipped two places to fourth, Colombia one place to fifth, while France have leapfrogged their Euro 2016 conquerors Portugal into seventh.
Uruguay remain in ninth place.
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 20, 2016
Outside of the top ten, Italy remain in 13th place, Switzerland and Poland have moved up to 14th and 15th respectively, Croatia and Mexico have both fallen two places to 16th and 17th respectively, Costa Rica remain in 18th place, as do Ecuador one place below them, while the Netherlands have dragged themselves back into the top 20 by climbing four places to 20th.
Iceland, meanwhile, have risen six places to 21st – a new record high for them.
So, Iceland continue to break their own records. Now 21st on the FIFA rankings published today. 13th best team in Europe.
— Johann Sigurdsson (@UEFAcomJohannS) October 20, 2016