Official: The worst England team for 18 years

Roy Hodgson's side failed to win a single match at World Cup 2014 and have subsequently tumbled down the Fifa world rankings to their lowest position since 1996
England have dropped to their lowest world ranking for 18 years following their World Cup group stage elimination.

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Roy Hodgson's men have fallen to 20th in the world – behind the likes of Bosnia & Herzegovina and Croatia – having failed to win a single game in Brazil.

England lost to Italy, ranked 14th, and Uruguay, ranked sixth, before drawing with 16th-placed Costa Rica and have subsequently tumbled 10 places down the rankings table.

It means that the Three Lions have fallen to their lowest place since May 1996, when they were ranked 24th just before the European Championships, which were held in England.

However, as a result of hosting the competition, Terry Venables' side did not play a competitive game for two years following their failure to qualify for the 1994 World Cup, explaining their fall on that occasion.

Elsewhere, World Cup winners Germany have risen to first place, followed by defeated finalists Argentina, Colombia, Netherlands and Belgium.

Hosts Brazil – who were beaten 7-1 by Germany and 3-0 by the Dutch as they were eliminated at the semi-final stage of the showpiece – have dropped to seventh position, while Spain fall seven places to eighth.

Scotland remain in 27th, while Wales drop three places to 44th position and the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland sit in 70th and 89th respectively.