Friday 9 December 2016

Ireland fall in latest FIFA rankings but go ahead of Northern Ireland

Published 20/10/2016 | 13:28

James McClean of Republic of Ireland, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team mates Jonathan Walters, left, and Seamus Colman during the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Moldova and Republic of Ireland at Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau, Moldova. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
James McClean of Republic of Ireland, centre, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal with team mates Jonathan Walters, left, and Seamus Colman during the FIFA World Cup Group D Qualifier match between Moldova and Republic of Ireland at Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau, Moldova. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Martin O'Neill's Ireland have slipped two places in the latest FIFA world rankings.

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The Boys In Green picked up six points from their recent World Cup clashes over Georgia in Lansdowne Road and away in Moldova but still drop from 31st place to 33rd.

However, O'Neill's men did leapfrog Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland who drop down to 36th while Wales drop one place to 11th and England remain in 12th.

Germany are up to second with Argentina still in top spot.

1. Argentina

2. Germany (+1)

3. Brazil (+1)

4. Belgium (-2)

5. Colombia (-1)

6. Chile

7. France (+1)

8. Portugal (-1)

9. Uruguay

10. Spain (+1)

11. Wales

12. England

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33. Ireland

36. Northern Ireland

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