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Out of the top 50: Republic of Ireland slide down one more place to 51st in FIFA rankings

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has enjoyed back-to-back wins but his side still dropped in the FIFA rankings. Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has enjoyed back-to-back wins but his side still dropped in the FIFA rankings. Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has enjoyed back-to-back wins but his side still dropped in the FIFA rankings. Photo: Sportsfile

The Republic of Ireland have dropped to 51st in the world despite the back-to-back wins in the last two games at senior level.

Ireland began the year in 42nd place, dropped to 47th and 50th in the world but have now slid down one more place in the rankings. Northern Ireland had the biggest drop of any nation in the FIFA system, as Ian Barclough's side went down 11 places to 58th.

England are fifth, Wales are unchanged at 19th, and Scotland move up to 42nd as Belgium, France and Italy make up the top three. Ireland's World Cup opponents Portugal are down to eighth, Serbia rise to 25th, Luxembourg are 94th while Azerbaijan are on the slide, down two places to 119th.

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