Fifa rankings: Singapore, Malaysia slip after AFF Suzuki Cup 2016 debacle

Philippines still remain the highest-ranked Asean nation.

Khairul Amri
Singapore and Malaysia have gone downhill Reuters

Singapore have slipped three spots to 165th in the latest Fifa rankings, which was released on Thursday. Malaysia, who have also fallen five places from their previous position of 156th, still are ahead of the Lions.

The dip in rankings for the two Causeway rivals comes after their woeful performance in the recently concluded AFF Suzuki Cup. Singapore came up with their worst tournament performance as V. Sundramoothy's Lions were winless and managed to collect only one point before their group stage exit.

After managing an impressive goalless draw against Philippines, Singapore lost to eventual champions Thailand and Indonesia in the group stages. The four-time champions received a lot of flak for their dismal show in Philippines and Sundram's defensive tactics was also questioned. Notably, ahed of the Asean tournaent, Singapore slipped to their worst-ever ranking (171) in October.

Meanwhile, Malaysia, who are struggling to cope up with retirement of some their senior stars earlier this year, crashed out in the group stages but managed a win against minnows Cambodia.

Despite their semi-final exit in the Suzuki Cup, Philippines remain the highest-ranked Asean nation at 120 but the War Elephants, after winning their record-fifth title earlier this month, are closing in on the Azkals after climbing the ladder to 126th spot.

Notably, Kiatisuk Senamuang's side also opened their account in the Asian leg of 2018 Fifa World Cup Qualifier by playing out a 1-1 draw at the Rajamangala Stadium last month.

Suzuki Cup runners-up Indonesia, who stunned quite a few when they defeated the Thais in the final first leg, have risen eight spots to 171. Asean heavyweights Vietnam, who made the semi-final, have slipped five places and are positioned a place above India at 134th spot.

Argentina retained their top spot and are tailed by Brazil and Germany at the second and third spots, respectively. Gareth Southgate's England have also managed to hold on to the 13th spot.

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