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The latest FIFA rankings are out, Ireland fans. We're down again.

We just 65 places away from Spain now.

Ireland's worst ranking is 67th so you know, things could always be worse.
Ireland's worst ranking is 67th so you know, things could always be worse.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

IRELAND HAVE DROPPED one place to 66th in the latest FIFA World Rankings released this morning.

The list of countries we’re now officially worse than includes: Cape Verde Islands, Guinea, Uzbekistan and Burkina Faso.

Ireland last played against Serbia in March, a 2-1 defeat, but because ranking points are calculated on four-year cycle South Africa have jumped ahead of Martin O’Neill’s side in the pecking order.

If there’s any consolation, that’s still better than Ireland’s lowest-ever ranking, 67th.

The Boys in Green will have a chance to climb the ladder when they play Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal before the World Cup — but even if they win, friendly matches carry less points than competitive ones.

The world’s top three remains unchanged ahead of the World Cup with Spain, Germany and Portugal leading the way.

Hosts Brazil move up two places to fourth while Colombia round out the top five.

Roy Keane didn’t sugarcoat things after watching Ireland’s women lose last night

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