Tuesday 27 September 2016

Martin O'Neill's Ireland are flying up the FIFA rankings

Published 03/12/2015 | 10:31

The Aviva Stadium hosted Ireland’s crunch Euro 2016 play-off tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Sportsfile
The Aviva Stadium hosted Ireland’s crunch Euro 2016 play-off tie against Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland have climbed another 11 places in the latest FIFA world rankings following wins over Germany and Bosnia.

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The Boys In green were at a lowly 67th when O'Neill took charge but under his stewardship, Ireland now sit in 31st - one place behind Northern Ireland.

Scotland have slumped to their lowest FIFA world ranking for three years.

Gordon Strachan's side finished fourth in their Euro 2016 qualification group and Gibraltar are the only side they have beaten in their last five matches.

Scotland are down to 52 in the world rankings as a result - their lowest place since dropping to 72nd in 2012.

Roy Hodgson's England remain ninth in the world rankings, while Wales have dropped two places to 17th.

Belgium, Argentina and Spain make up the top three, with world champions Germany slipping to fourth.

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