The latest World Rankings were released on Thursday with Netherlands skidding two places to 16th, their worst position in over half a decade.

  • By Amos Abuga
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oran v czeThe latest drop comes after the Oranje failed to make it to the European championships for the first in nearly three decades.

Netherlands, who topped the August 2011 world rankings, trail Europeaan rivals Belgium as the world best side, Germany in second and Argentina take the third position.

Despite their slip, Oranje are still ranked ahead of Group A rivals Cezch Republic and Turkey who qualified ahead of them for next summer’s championships in France. However Romania and Wales are ranked better than the Danny Blind led side.

Blind believes the team needs a lot of rebuilding and must rise above one of their most recent worst phases and prepare prepare for Russia 2018.

He said recently, “As I said before, it’s time we focused into the future now. We cant change what has happened.

“Having to watch European championships from home is a sad occurance for Netherlands football as a whole,” said the former international who omitted by far Oranje’s  best striker Robin Van Persie from his squad earlier this week for the upcoming friendlies against better ranked Wales and Germany next week.

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