Wednesday 28 September 2016

Northern Ireland climb to 26th place in FIFA rankings

Published 07/04/2016 | 12:21

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland have risen in the FIFA rankings
Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland have risen in the FIFA rankings

Northern Ireland have reached their best-ever FIFA ranking of 26th.

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Michael O'Neill's side, who are preparing for the 2016 European Championship, will be boosted by a climb of two places in the official FIFA rankings.

The move continues the upward trend that Northern Ireland have experienced since 2013, with Scotland concurrently rising five places to 40th, although there was no good news for England, Wales or the Republic of Ireland.

England dropped a place to 10th, with the Republic slipping to 31st, while the biggest slide among the three comes for Wales, who fall seven places to 24th despite qualifying for Euro 2016.

Elsewhere, Belgium's five-month stay at the top of the FIFA men's rankings comes to an end, with the Red Devils usurped by 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina.

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