Tuesday 22 August 2017

Ireland make significant jump in world rankings following Germany victory

Shane Long celebrates after scoring against Germany
Shane Long celebrates after scoring against Germany
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Ireland have risen 12 places in the latest Fifa world rankings to 42nd following the historic win over Germany at the Aviva Stadium last month.

Joachim Low's side remain second behind Belgium, who top the list for the first time in their history, so the Irish win had a significant impact on the pecking order. Martin O'Neill's men have moved past Scotland (44) and are sandwiched between Tunisia and Iran.

The top ten remains largely unchanged, with Argentina, Portugal and Chile completing the top five. Reigning European champions are in sixth with Brazil in eighth position, one place ahead of Roy Hodgson's England.

Northern Ireland have moved six places to 29th while Chris Coleman's Wales have dropped seven places to 15th.

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