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No change for Ireland in Fifa rankings as Wales break into top 10 while Spain and Italy drop out

It’s 31st again for Martin O’Neill’s side.

Ireland players celebrating Jeff Hendrick's goal against Bosnia.
Ireland players celebrating Jeff Hendrick's goal against Bosnia.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

IT’S SAME AGAIN for Ireland in the latest Fifa world rankings after their opening qualifier for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Martin O’Neill’s side remain in 31st position in the rankings in the wake of the 2-2 draw with Serbia in Belgrade.

Ireland had previously jumped up two spots in July on the back of their Euro 2016 campaign in France.

Ireland’s rivals in Group D, Wales, have broken into the top 10 as they move up one position from 11th with Uruguay also entering the top 10 in ninth position. Both Spain and Italy drop out of that elite group to 11th and 13th respectively.

England move up one position to 12th, Northern Ireland drop two places to 30th while Scotland are now 44th, a rise of seven places.

Argentina remain top, followed by Belgium with Germany and Colombia swapping places to now be third and fourth respectively. Brazil jump up five places to joint fourth after victories over Colombia and Ecuador in the World Cup qualifiers.

Some of the other big movers include Bosnia-Herzegovina (up six to 23rd), Peru (up eight to 25th), Romania (down seven to 32nd) and Australia (up 12 to 45th).

Source: FIFA.com

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