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Republic of Ireland hit a high of 18th in FIFA rankings as North slumps to joint 100th

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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates the team's qualification for Euro 2012. Photo: Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates the team's qualification for Euro 2012. Photo: Sportsfile

Northern Ireland's poor run puts them joint 100th with Antigua-Barbuda. Photo: PA

Northern Ireland's poor run puts them joint 100th with Antigua-Barbuda. Photo: PA

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Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates the team's qualification for Euro 2012. Photo: Sportsfile

IRELAND has moved up another place in the FIFA world rankings, coming in at 18th.

Uruguay have climbed to third, their highest ever position.



La Celeste moved ahead of Holland, as did Germany - now second - as the Oranje dropped two places to fourth.



World and European champions Spain remain at the head of the field.



Northern Ireland are joint 100th with Antigua-Barbuda.



Denmark returned to the top 10, just a month after dropping out, and occupy their highest position for almost 15 years at ninth.



Making way for them in the top 10 were Italy, who slipped to 12th place. Portugal climbed two places to fifth, overtaking England and Brazil.



Romania (45th), Libya (46th), Scotland (48th) and El Salvador (49th) all enter the top 50 while the biggest movers were North Korea, who jumped 25 places to 86th.



Fellow Asian Challenge Cup group winners Turkmenistan gained the most points, 108, as they climbed 24 places to 142nd.



Georgia were the biggest fallers, down 21 places to 95th, in a month in which only 24 international matches were played worldwide.



The top 20:



1 Spain



2 Germany;



3 Uruguay



4 Netherlands



5 Portugal



6 Brazil



7 England



8 Croatia



9 Denmark



10 Argentina



11 Russia



12 Italy



13 Chile



14 Greece



15 Côte d'Ivoire



16 France



17 Sweden



18 Republic of Ireland



18 Switzerland



20 Mexico