Sunday 21 January 2018

Ireland remain in 70th as world champions Germany top FIFA rankings

Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane

The Republic of Ireland remain in 70th position following the World Cup with Germany moving to top position following their success in Brazil.

Martin O’Neill’s side are currently in the middle of poor run of results, but remain in the same position, one place ahead of Bolivia but behind the likes of Sierra Leone,

England have slipped to 20th position, their lowest ranking since 1995, after their early World Cup exit. Scotland remain in 27th position, Wales have dropped three places to 44th while Northern Ireland are now up to 89th.

Hosts Brazil are down four places to seventh after being thumped 7-1 in their semi-final by Germany, who move up a spot to first.

Spain now find themselves in eighth place after failing to qualify for the knockout stages. Other European sides who struggled at the World Cup were Portugal, down in 11th, and Italy, now in 14th place.

Belgium's run to the quarter-finals in Brazil sees them up six places to fifth while France, beaten by Germany in their last-eight showdown, are back up into the top 10.

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