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No change: Ireland stay 18th in FIFA World Rankings

Ireland’s Group C opponents Spain, Croatia and Italy are first, eighth and 12th respectively.

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THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND remain unchanged in 18th place in the latest FIFA World Rankings which were released this morning.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad stretched their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a 0-0 draw against Hungary in Budapest on Monday, completing their preparations for Euro 2012 following a 1-0 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina last month.

Ireland’s Group C opponents Spain hold on to top spot for a 10th successive month following their warm-up wins against Serbia, South Korea and China. Croatia and Italy also remain unchanged in eighth and 12th place respectively.

Uruguay, the last team to beat Ireland, leapfrog Germany into second place while the Netherlands and Brazil round out the world’s top five.

Roy Hodgson’s England move up one place to sixth.

FIFA World Rankings (June 2012)

  1. Spain
  2. Uruguay
  3. Germany
  4. Netherlands
  5. Brazil
  6. England
  7. Argentina
  8. Croatia
  9. Denmark
  10. Portugal

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