Ireland continue to climb in latest Fifa rankings
Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland have made another jump in the latest Fifa rankings, now placed in 29th position in the world.
The Euro 2016 hopefuls have risen two places since December last year and are one place behind Northern Ireland and just above the USA.
It marks a significant improvement on the lowly 67th the team was ranked when O’Neill first took charge in November 2013.
Ireland’s Group E opponents Belgium remain the top ranked team in the world while Italy have moved up to 14thposition. Ireland’s opening group opponents moved up one position to 34th, five places behind the Boys in Green.
Roy Hodgson’s England remain in 9th position while the ever-improving Wales are up to 17th. Scotland have moved up to 45th.
The top 10 has a familiar look to it, with Argentina in second place and Spain, Germany and Chile completing the top five.
Brazil, Portugal and Colombia are ranked 6th, 7th and 8th respectively just ahead of England in 9th place. Austria complete the top 10.