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Ireland down 2 places in Fifa rankings as Afcon finalists surge up the table

The latest world table has been released by football’s governing body this morning.

Ireland's David Meyler, James McClean and Seamus Coleman after their win over Austria last November.
Ireland's David Meyler, James McClean and Seamus Coleman after their win over Austria last November.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

FIFA HAS RELEASED the latest update to its world rankings this morning, with Ireland dropping two places from 23rd to 25th.

The Boys in Green, who ended 2016 in their highest position in five years thanks to the famous victory over Austria, have not played since that night in Vienna and were unchanged in the first rankings of this year.

However, movement due to the African Cup of Nations has seen Martin O’Neill’s side fall a couple of slots to now sit between Turkey and Slovakia.

Fifa rankings Febr Source: fifa.com

The biggest movers were Afcon champions Cameroon (up 29 places to 33rd) and beaten finalists Egypt (up 12 places to 23rd), while the top five of Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Chile and Belgium remains the same.

Ireland’s next fixture is the World Cup qualifier against Wales (12th) in Dublin on 24 March.

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