Ireland climb two places in the latest Fifa World Rankings

Meanwhile, Belgium are now as high as second in this month’s list.

Ireland have leapfrogged Zambia and South Africa.
Ireland have leapfrogged Zambia and South Africa.
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THE LATEST FIFA World Rankings have been published and Ireland have climbed two places, from 62nd place up to 60th.

Some of the sides that still rank above the Boys in Green include Panama, Albania, Equatorial Guinea and the Cape Verde Islands.

The draw with Poland in March and the 4-1 victory over the USA in the Aviva appears to have been enough to move Martin O’Neill’s men ahead of Zambia and South Africa on the table.

The big mover in the rankings has been Belgium, who have overtaken Argentina into second place, while Germany still lie well ahead of the pack in first place. Colombia and Brazil sit in fourth and fifth place respectively.

France are the only side to break into the top 10 in the rankings, as they take Switzerland’s place in 9th, while Spain lie only one ranking point ahead of the Swiss in 10th. The Netherlands, Portugal and Uruguay make up the rest of the top 10.

Kevin De Bruyne's Belgian side have climbed to 2nd place in the World Rankings. Source: AP/Press Association Images

England have also dropped one place, after being overtaken by their World Cup conquerors Costa Rica — Roy Hodgson’s side fall down to 15th place.

As for the rest of the home nations, Wales have dropped one place to 21st, Scotland’s victory over Ireland has helped them climb two places up to 28th, while Northern Ireland have dropped two places down to 44th.

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