Saturday 20 January 2018

Ireland drop two places in latest FIFA rankings as Brazil go top for first time in seven years

The Ireland team ahead of Wales match
The Ireland team ahead of Wales match

Ireland have fallen two places in the latest FIFA rankings and are now level with Northern Ireland.

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland jumped nine places to 26th, while Martin O'Neill's side dropped two places and, given Northern Ireland's better results this year, means they sit just below the north on points.

The Republic's drop comes on the back of a defeat to Iceland and a draw to Wales. They next face Mexico and Uruguay in friendlies before the visit of Austria for their next World Cup qualifier.

Elsewhere in the rankings Wales remain a place above England in 13th place while Scotland sit 59th.

Brazil top the table for the first time in seven years.

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