Russia to host World Cup as lowest ranked team

Germany heads to the World Cup as statistically the world's strongest nation, but the rankings make unpleasant reading for Russia.

Russia head coach Stanislav Cherchesov.   -  Getty Images

Host Russia will be the lowest ranked team at the World Cup after falling four places 70th in FIFA's latest standings - its worst placing in history.

Winless in seven internationals, Stanislav Cherchesov's side slipped below Group A opponent Saudi Arabia, which holds the 67th position. The two nations will contest the World Cup opener in Moscow on June 14.

Reigning champion Germany continues to top the count ahead of Brazil, Belgium, Portugal and Argentina. The only change to the top 10 saw Poland rise two places to eighth, leapfrogging Chile and Spain.

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