Ireland drop to 67th in the world between UAE and Burkina Faso in latest FIFA rankings
Martin O'Neill's Ireland have slipped two places in the latest FIFA world rankings and are just three places off their lowest ever ranking of 70th position.
While there was no movement in the world's top ten, further down the field Ireland paid the price for a move from the United Arab Emirates and sit one place ahead of Burkina Faso in 67th position.
Germany remain the world’s best side at the head of an unchanged top seven. Behind the world champions it’s as you were for Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil and Portugal while France drop one place to eighth and Uruguay leapfrog Spain into ninth.
Fresh from their Africa Cup of Nations success, the Ivory Coast move up to 20th position, while Algeria remain Africa's best-placed team in 18th.
Roy Hodgson’s England drop two places to 15th, Northern Ireland now rank in 51st position, while Wales remain in 34th.
Ireland’s Group D rivals Scotland drop two places to 38th while Poland — who visit the Aviva Stadium in March — are up to 40th. Georgia are unchanged in 126th.