The Caltex Socceroos have suffered a drop in the latest FIFA world rankings released today (Thursday).
Ahead of the make-or-break FIFA World Cup qualifying playoff against Syria next month, Ange Postecoglou's squad have dropped to 50th, down five places from last month.
It comes after the Caltex Socceroos had a win (2-1 over Thailand) and a loss (2-0 to Japan) in their most recent FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Syria, Australia's next opponent on October 5 in Malaysia and in Sydney five days later, have moved up five places to number 75.
That ranking is the highest-ever for Syria.
World champions Germany have returned to the summit, replacing Brazil - who have moved back to second - at the top.
Iran remain the top-ranked nation in Asia in 25th spot, with Japan at 40 and Korea Republic just behind the Caltex Socceroos at 51.
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