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Ireland up to 19th in latest FIFA rankings

Ireland’s Group C rivals Spain remain on top of the pile while Holland move into second after Wembley victory.

IRELAND HAVE CLIMBED one spot in the latest FIFA world rankings.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s outfit earned a 1-1 draw at home to fellow Euro 2012 finalists, the Czech Republic, last Wednesday in Dublin, and now sit in 19th position.

Ireland’s Group C rivals Spain remain top of the pile while the other two sides in the pool this summer, Italy and Croatia, both dropped one place. They now sit in ninth and 10th respectively.

The Netherlands, meanwhile, are up a place to second behind the world champions. Joachim Loew’s Germany, who lost 2-1 to France, dropped down to third, while Uruguay are fourth followed by fellow South Americans Brazil, whose 2-1 defeat of Bosnia-Herzegovina saw them move up two places to fifth.

England dropped to sixth, with Portugal, Argentina, Italy and Croatia rounding out the top 10. The United States moved inside the top 30 after a 1-0 win against Italy while Euro 2012 co-hosts Ukraine moved up 10 spots into the top 50.

African nation Sao Tome and Principe were the biggest movers, climbing 53 places to 115th following a 2-1 win over Sierra Leone.

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