Sunday 26 May 2019

Mick McCarthy's Ireland jump five places in latest FIFA rankings

Conor Hourihane (centre) celebrates scoring the winner against Georgia with Robbie Brady, James McClean, Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh. Photo: Sportsfile
Conor Hourihane (centre) celebrates scoring the winner against Georgia with Robbie Brady, James McClean, Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland and Northern Ireland have both moved back up the FIFA World Rankings after their winning starts to the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

Mick McCarthy's Ireland have moved five places to joint 29th with Serbia and Venezuela. The shift follows their 1-0 victories over Gibraltar and Georgia in Mick McCarthy's first two games in charge.

Northern Ireland are up three places to 33rd after beating Estonia 2-0 and Belarus 2-1 at Windsor Park. Michael O'Neill's men have leapfrogged Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovinia and Paraguary.

Meanwhile, England have climbed one place to fourth after their crushing Euro 2020 qualifying victories over the Czech Republic and Montenegro.

Gareth Southgate's men are headed only by Belgium, France and Brazil after overtaking Croatia, the side who ended England's World Cup dream at the semi-final stage in Russia last summer.

England opened their Group A campaign with a 5-0 rout of the Czechs at Wembley before coming from behind to win 5-1 in Podgorica last month as their rich vein of form continued.

Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales remain in 19th place following their 1-0 home win over Slovakia.

However, Scotland slipped four places to 44th, immediately behind Australia, Nigeria and Greece, after their 3-0 humbling in Kazakhstan and a 2-0 win in San Marino.

Israel made up the most ground in the top 100, rising eight places to 84th in part as a result of their 4-2 qualifying win against Austria.

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