Scotland pay the price for missed opportunities

Iwelumos glaring error cost Scotland dearly
Iwelumo's glaring error cost Scotland dearly

By Christopher Hall

The Scottish national side has slipped seven places from 26th to 33rd place in the latest Fifa World Rankings.

The recent qualification game against Norway was Scotland’s only game in October, which ended 0-0 and was overshadowed by a 3-yard glaring miss from Scotland debutant, Chris Iwelumo.

This comes just over a year after the national side were elevated to their highest Fifa ranking in October 2007. The team benefited from a number of good results including a double win over France in qualification for Euro 2008.

The slip comes as other home nations undergo a change in fortunes. England have moved back into the top ten as they hold joint 10th place with Portugal while Northern Ireland’s recent results mean they drop seven places to 42nd place.

Wales also drop one place to 62nd as John Toshack’s men suffer from a string of bad results, making them the lowest place home nation.

FIFA World Rankings

1. Spain (-)
2. Germany (+1)
3. Italy (-1)
4. Netherlands (+1)
5. Brazil (-1)
6. Argentina (+1)
7. Croatia (-1)
8. Russia (+1)
9. Czech Republic (-1)
10. Portugal (-), England (+4)

Selected others

33. Scotland (-7)
36. Republic of Ireland (+2)
42. Northern Ireland (-7)
62. Wales (-1)