England and Northern Ireland have both dropped in the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Thursday.
Despite the fact that neither nation has played a match for two months, the historical weighting of ranking points has meant that they each slip one place in the ladder, to 16th and joint 25th respectively.
Ireland, meanwhile, remain unchanged in joint 32nd place with Scotland, while Wales also stay where they are in 19th place to provide a strong foundation for new manager Ryan Giggs to build on.
In terms of the top ten, the fact that there has been little international activity in the last couple of months mean that the top ten remains unchanged – reigning world champions Germany still leading the way with Brazil, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium rounding out the top five.
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Further down the table, Iceland sneak into the top 20, while the Netherlands and Uruguay each fall one place as a result. The USA, who, like the Dutch won’t be at the World Cup this summer, also fall one place to share 25th spot with Northern Ireland.
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