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Rep. Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland And Scotland All Fall In Latest FIFA World Rankings

DUBLIN, IRELAND - OCTOBER 06: Jeff Hendrick of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The latest batch of FIFA World rankings does not make pleasant reading for the Home Nations or the Republic of Ireland.

Despite winning their last two World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Moldova, Martin O’Neill’s side have slipped two places to 33rd in the October rankings, overtaken by Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Wales, meanwhile, have drawn their last two qualifiers and as a result have slipped out of the top ten to 11th almost as quickly as they entered it, as 2010 World Cup winners Spain reclaim their place.

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 09:  Gareth Bale of Wales is tracked by Solomon Kverkvelia of Georgia during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Georgia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

England remain unchanged in 12th place, still slightly below Wales, after beating Malta 2-0 and drawing 0-0 in Slovenia.

Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland have dropped six places to 36th (and below the Republic of Ireland) after losing their first qualifier in nearly two years to reigning world champions Germany.

Scotland, meanwhile, are in freefall. Gordon Strachan’s side needed a late equaliser against Lithuania before being soundly beaten 3-0 by Slovakia later, and have dropped 13 places on last month to 57th.

Wales: 11th (down 1)

England: 12th (no change)

Republic of Ireland: 33rd (down 2)

Northern Ireland: 36th (down 6)

Scotland: 57th (down 13)

LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA - OCTOBER 11:  Jordan Henderson, Eric Dier and John Stones of England leave the pitch after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group F match between Slovenia and England at Stadion Stozice on October 11, 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The top ten has also seen a few names moved around. As mentioned above, Spain have clawed their way back into tenth place,  while Germany and Brazil move up to second and third respectively. Argentina remain in top spot.

Belgium have slipped two places to fourth, Colombia one place to fifth, while France have leapfrogged their Euro 2016 conquerors Portugal into seventh.

Uruguay remain in ninth place.

Outside of the top ten, Italy remain in 13th place, Switzerland and Poland have moved up to 14th and 15th respectively, Croatia and Mexico have both fallen two places to 16th and 17th respectively, Costa Rica remain in 18th place, as do Ecuador one place below them, while the Netherlands have dragged themselves back into the top 20 by climbing four places to 20th.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 10:  Rick Karsdorp of the Netherlands in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Netherlands and France held at Amsterdam Arena on October 10, 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Iceland, meanwhile, have risen six places to 21st – a new record high for them.

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