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Ireland's fall: Boys in Green continue their slide down Fifa World Rankings

Martin O’Neill’s side are now ranked 34th.

Ireland: one point from six against Georgia and Serbia.
Ireland: one point from six against Georgia and Serbia.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

IRELAND’S STUTTERING FORM has seen them fall another five places in the latest Fifa World Rankings.

After starting the year in 23rd, Martin O’Neill’s side slipped to 34th after taking just one point from a possible six in their World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Serbia, surrendering the strong position they once held in Group D.

The Boys in Green will likely need maximum points from their final games against Moldova and Wales next month to have any hope of qualifying for Russia 2018.

At the top of the pile, Germany replaced Brazil as the world’s number one team while Portugal, Argentina and Belgium round out the top five.

Wales, who host Ireland in Cardiff on 9 October in what looks set to be a decisive clash for both countries’ fortunes, rise five places to 13th while England drop two to 15th.

Northern Ireland move up three places to their highest-ever position, 20th, while Scotland’s wins against Lithuania and Malta see them jump 15 places to 43rd.

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