The Republic of Ireland have reached their highest FIFA ranking position this calendar year, now sitting in 62nd.
Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and South Africa are now all just ahead of the Boys in Green. Peru and Australia follow Ireland in 63rd and 64th respectively.
Ireland have played just one game so far this year – a 1-1 draw at home to Poland – on the 29th of March but with crucial qualifiers coming up against Scotland and Gibraltar Martin O’Neill will be hopeful his side can climb up the rankings, and more importantly, manufacture results in those two games.
Elsewhere, Wales have made history by ranking at 21 for the very first time, despite not playing a game.
Germany unsurprisingly still lay claim to the number one spot while England, Scotland and Northern Ireland haven’t moved in the latest rankings.
The full list of FIFA world rankings can found here.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena