Thursday 23 November 2017

Ireland have made a massive jump in the FIFA World Rankings after the famous victory in Austria

James McClean's goal in Vienna has helped Ireland climb the FIFA world rankings
James McClean's goal in Vienna has helped Ireland climb the FIFA world rankings
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ireland have jumped 10 places in the latest FIFA world rankings and now lie in 23rd overall, the highest position they have occupied since 2011.

Ireland's biggest away win in a qualifier since the victroy over Scotland in 1987 has also delivered significantly in terms of our ranking position.

James McClean's winner in Vienna has helped Martin O'Neill's side leapfrog the likes of Turkey, USA and the Austrians themselves.

Ireland's next opponents in Group D of the World Cup qualifiers, Wales, have dropped one place to 12th.

The sides meet at the Aviva Stadium in March.

Northern Ireland are up four places to 32nd, England have dropped a place to 13th despite beating the Scots and drawing with Spain at Wembley.

Gordon Strachan's Scotland have slid 10 places to 67th.

Argentina continue to top the standings with Brazil swapping places with Germany to come in at second on the rankings.

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