Sunday 18 February 2018

Ireland sandwiched between Gabon and Peru as Martin O'Neill's men move up world rankings

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill Newsdesk Newsdesk

Ireland have climbed two places to 60th in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Martin O'Neill's side, who face England and Scotland next week, sit just ahead of Peru, Bulgaria and Australia in the latest rankings released today.

They have closed the gap to Gabon, who themselves South Korea and Turkey. Other teams ahead of the Boys in green include Equatorial Guinea, Panama and Guinea,

Belgium have made big strides and now sit behind world champions Germany in second place.

They have leapfrogged Argentina, with Colombia and Brazil completing the top five.

England drop a place to 15th and Wales drop one position to 22nd. Next weekend's opposition in the crunch European qualifier Scotland move up two places to 28th,  Northern Ireland also drop to 44th position.

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