lreland stays at 18th in world rankings as Euro 2012 rivals Spain surge ahead
IRELAND remain 18th in the latest world rankings ahead of their opening Euro 2012 game with Croatia in Poznan on Sunday.
But the latest FIFA ratings today also show Ireland's Gdansk rivals, and World Champions Spain, widening the gap at the top.
Ireland plays Spain on Thursday, June 14.
Uruguay have ousted Germany from second spot. Uruguay were World Cup semi-finalists in 2010 and Copa America winners last summer .
Brazil, England, Argentina and Denmark also made progress - up to fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth respectively.
Portugal slipped down the list from fifth after a goalless draw against FYR Macedonia and a 3-1 defeat against Turkey in the build-up to Euro 2012.
Northern Ireland – drubbed 6-0 by Holland at the weekend – have sunk to a low of 103rd.