Euro 2016 teams ranked: Where are Ireland placed in the list of 24?
Published 15/06/2016 | 13:55
With the first round of games over, the Telegraph has ranked the 24 teams at Euro 2016. It doesn't make pleasant viewing for Northern Ireland who, according to the telegraph, are ranked bottom in 24th place.
Despite only drawing with a poor Russian side, England make it into the top five while Ireland might find the going tough in forthcoming games against Belgium and Italy.
Here is the full list and the reason for each team.
24. Northern Ireland
Offered almost literally nothing going forward, were lucky to keep the score against to Poland to just the one goal. Need to improve drastically and quickly.
Didn't even look that fussed for a lot of the match against Germany and their talented attacking trio didn't have much luck. Must try harder.
Had the unenviable task of playing hosts France in the opening match and weren't able to spoil the party. Didn't threaten too much upfront but look a well organised side.
Were extremely poor against England and fortunate to grab a late equaliser as Roy Hodgson's men switched off. Injury has robbed them of their best players.
A team built upon and entirely dependent on Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He's good enough that sometimes it works and Sweden had a strong end to their match against Ireland as a result of his cross, but Sweden do not look strong at all.
Were brilliant in qualification and many tipped them as a dark horse of the tournament. A poor performance against Hungary got worse when Aleksander Dragovic was sent off, and the 2-0 goal defeat was deserved. They won't be mad with how they played, just disappointed
Not bad, not great and suffered from going a man down against the Swiss. Even with 10 men they threatened to get back into the match on several occasions.
An excellent return to European Championship football, Hungary have a solid team without being particularly spectacular.
Should have taken the lead against Wales but didn't, Slovakia had an opening match to regret. Have some great players but were undone by the direct attacking of Gareth Bale and co.
Belgium have some wonderful players but their manager doesn't seem to have a clue how to use them. Unbalanced, too narrow, too slow - Belgium are not making use of this golden generation at all.
The goalkeeper looks shaky and most of the passing was a full power punt down the pitch. However, in stark contrast to Belgium, Iceland are incredibly well drilled, extremely well organised and know how to defend, which they did all game long.
Lulled Portugal into a false sense of security and took advantage of a lapse of concentration to score - in a tournament with no clear favourite, might the efficient Icelanders stand an outside chance? Are they this year's Greece?
Hard working, well drilled and unlucky not to beat the Swedes, Ireland look alright but will struggle against a good side.
Turkey were pretty against Croatia and were it not for that Luka Modric goal, would very likely have taken a point from them.
Should have beaten Iceland, didn't take their chances, still looked good. Ronaldo wasn't at his clinical best but also seemed to be trying rather too hard to do it all himself - Ricardo Quaresma, Andre Gomes, Joao Moutinho and Nani are all capable of lighting up this tournament and deserve a pass or two.
10. Czech Republic
Tomasz Rosicky wasn't able to get the Czech Republic's tournament off to a great start, although they did hold out until the final few minutes against the former world champions, Spain, who were impossible to get off the ball. Had a great qualification and should be much better in their second match.
Haris Seferovic missed a lot of chances against Albania but otherwise Switzerland looked well organised. Granit Xhaka controlled the centre of the park.
Gareth Bale made the headlines with his brilliant freekick and the entire Wales team worked extremely hard to get their 2-1 win over Slovakia. Wales might surprise quite a few teams in this competition yet.
Luka Modric's superb/lucky volley settled a tight match against Turkey but Croatia were the better team and passed the ball well.
Robert Lewandowski got all of Northern Ireland's attention which left Arkadiusz Milik all on his own. The latter should have scored two as Poland kept their opponents pinned in the corner.
Should have beaten Russia by two goals but Roy Hodgson's decision to hold on rather than push for a second was ultimately his downfall. England were excellent until the 90th minute.
The current World Champions didn't really give Ukraine a chance in their opening game, except for the few that they did. Toni Kroos was the best player on the pitch by a million miles, the forwards kept popping up in the right places and the defence looks solid. Just make sure Jogi Low's washed his hands before you shake them.
Struggled to find an opening against a well drilled Czech Republic but dominated the match. Andres Iniesta was at his very best and dictated play - if they can find their scoring touch, Spain might be untouchable.
The hosts didn't disappoint against a Romania team whose main intention for the match was not to concede. Dimitri Payet's wonderstrike was fantastic and France looked dangerous throughout.
Antonio Conte's team was absolutely superb against Belgium, regularly tearing them apart, drawing them in with clever defending and the opening goal was a thing of beauty. Italy have the best defence in the tournament and always raise their game when it matters.