Wednesday 26 October 2016

Ireland drop to 31st in latest FIFA world rankings as Northern Ireland reach new heights

Published 07/04/2016 | 10:18

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. Photo: Sportsfile

Despite beating 14th-ranked Switzerland 1-0 at the Aviva last month, Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side have slipped two places in the latest FIFA world rankings.

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The USA and Poland leapfrog Ireland who are now ranked as the 31st best team on the planet.

Northern Ireland's 1-1 draw with Wales and their 1-0 victory over Slovenia has helped them jump two places to 26th, their highest ever ranking.

Argentina have knocked Ireland's Group E opponents at Euro 2016 Belgium off the top spot.

England have lost a place and fall to 10th after Roy Hodgson's men fought back from behind to beat Germany but lost to the Netherlands days later.

Scotland have been rewarded for back-to-back victories over the Czech republic and Denmark with a five-place rise in the rankings. They now lie in 40th place.

Wales are the biggest losers after their defeat to the Ukraine. They have fallen seven places to 24th.

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