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SCOTS NOSEDIVE IN FIFA RANKINGS

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SCOTLAND will flop TEN places to an embarrassing 67th in the FIFA rankings – behind Benin, who were disbanded by their own FA a few years ago.

And Gordon Strachan’s side are set to face the humiliation of soon being overtaken by the Caribbeans of Curacao, who will be just a few places behind the Scots in the table.scots-e1478896896114-620x372

The SFA opted to keep faith with Strachan despite the dreadful start to the World Cup campaign and a record of three competitive wins in two years – twice against Gibraltar and once against Malta.

Scotland have plummeted down the FIFA Rankings – used for tournament seedings – this year. They were in 40th spot as late as May and were an amazing 22nd in 2014.

But a series of awful results will see them plunge and they will be 67th when the rankings are announced on Thursday.

That will put them behind the likes of African no-hopers Benin, who will be one place ahead of them.

The national team was disbanded a few years ago by their own Federation for “a lack of patriotism, blackmail and disrespect towards authorities”. They also sacked the entire coaching staff.

FIFA banned them earlier this year because of Government interference in football, but they had their suspension lifted and narrowly failed to qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

Scotland will also only be a few places ahead of little-known Curacao – a nation who were ranked at 188th a couple of years ago.

Strachan has led his country to only one win in four World Cup qualifiers – a 5-1 victory over the minnows of Malta. A 1-1 draw with Lithuania followed and then came back-to-back 3-0 defeats against Slovakia and England.
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