IRELAND has tumbled to 59th in the FIFA World Rankings – our worst ever placing.
The slump of 15 places from 44th comes in the wake of the 1-0 loss to Austria earlier this week that ultimately led to Giovanni Trapattoni’s departure as Republic manager.
Belgium have dropped only two points in eight games in their World Cup qualifying competition and continued their run with a 2-0 win in Scotland on Friday.
South American champions Uruguay leapt into the top 10 with two crucial World Cup qualifying wins, 2-1 away to Peru and 2-0 at home to Colombia.
They are among four South American teams in the top 10 alongside second-placed Argentina, Colombia (5th) and 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil, who climbed one place to eighth.
THE TOP 10
1. (1) Spain
2. (4) Argentina
3. (2) Germany
4. (6) Italy
5. (3) Colombia
6. (10) Belgium
7. (12) Uruguay
8. (9) Brazil
9. (5) Netherlands
10. (8) Croatia
The full ranking can be seen at the FIFA web site.