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Ireland move up two places in FIFA world rankings following Belgian draw and win over Lithuania

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny after his side's victory over Lithuania. Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny after his side's victory over Lithuania. Photo: Sportsfile

29 March 2022; Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, right, and Troy Parrott after their side's victory in the international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

29 March 2022; Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, right, and Troy Parrott after their side's victory in the international friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny after his side's victory over Lithuania. Photo: Sportsfile

The Republic of Ireland are up two places in the FIFA world rankings after positive results at home to Belgium and Lithuania.

Stephen Kenny's side have moved up to 47th, but the 2-2 draw at home to Belgium was costly for the Belgians, as they have been knocked off top spot in the rankings. Brazil are now up to first place with Belgium second, ahead of France and Argentina.

Northern Ireland are unchanged at 54th, England are fifth, Wales move up to 18th while Scotland, due to face Ireland in the Nations League in June, are ranked 39th.

Ireland's other Nations League opponents, Armenia, are in 92nd place while Ukraine, who have not played an international this year for obvious reasons, are unchanged in 27th place.

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