Sunday 19 February 2017

English newspaper has Ireland behind Slovakia, Iceland and the North in Euro 2016 rankings

Published 30/03/2016 | 17:48

Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea and Glenn Whelan looks dejected after Slovakia's second goal
Reuters / Clodagh Kilcoyne
Republic of Ireland's John O'Shea and Glenn Whelan looks dejected after Slovakia's second goal Reuters / Clodagh Kilcoyne

The Daily Telegraph has ranked and rated the chances of the 24 teams heading to France this summer for Euro 2016 after the international window came to a close last night.

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Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side are 16th on the list and will squeeze into the knockout stages based on this list.

They wrote: "Recorded an excellent 1-0 win over Switzerland and a decent 2-2 draw with Slovakia in friendlies, but were relieved to pip Scotland to a place in the actual qualifying. Neither form nor natural talent favours the Irish. Maybe luck will work."

Ireland's opponents last night, Slovakia, are 11th on the list, just ahead of Iceland (who are nine places below us in the world rankings) and three places behind Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland who are eighth on the list.

It is worse news for Wales who are 19th in the rankings based on their reliance on Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Ireland's Group E opponents Belgium and Italy are fifth and sixth respectively while Sweden are 18th.

England are fourth on the list which is topped by world champions Germany.

Here are the rankings in full:

24. Hungary

23. Albania

22. Ukraine

21. Turkey

20. Romania

19. Wales

18. Sweden

17. Switzerland

16. Ireland

15. Russia

14. Poland

13. Czech Republic

12. Iceland

11. Slovakia

10. Portugal

9. Austria

8. Northern Ireland

7. Croatia

6. Italy

5. Belgium

4. England

3. Spain

2. France

1. Gemany

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