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Trap's Ireland drop 2 places, now below Albania and South Korea

On the plus side, we’re still ahead of Panama.

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IRELAND HAVE DROPPED two places in the latest FIFA World Rankings despite a run which has seen them lose just one game in their last seven.

Because ranking points are calculated over a four-year period, Giovanni Trapattoni’s side fell to 41st with Serbia, Albania and South Korea all overtaking them in the last month.

At the head of the pile Spain, Germany, Argentina and Croatia remain in the top four positions. The Netherlands have moved up four places to fifth while Portugal, Colombia, Italy, England and Ecuador round out the top 10.

There was bad news for Ireland’s other Group C opponents with Sweden down three to 27th, Austria down five to 76th and Kazakhstan down two to 146th.

The Faroe Islands, who visit Dublin for a World Cup qualifier tomorrow evening, are down one to 162th — a full 121 places below Ireland.

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