The latest FIFA World rankings are out and the Republic of Ireland stick at number 61, now sandwiched by Egypt at 60 and Zambia at 62.
This may not sound very good but Ireland had risen to 61 last month from 66 in August and 62 in September, following a drop from 42 down to 67 between 2012 and 2013.
This position doesn’t sound too promising however, when one considers some of the lesser known footballing nations who currently lie ahead of Ireland, including DR Congo, Albania, Mali, Congo, Cape Verde Islands and Guinea to name a few.
Ireland’s latest Euro 2016 qualifier opponents Scotland have been rewarded for their latest performances, including their 1-0 win over Martin O’Neill’s side at Celtic Park almost two weeks ago, which has moved them up one place to 36th. Ireland’s other nearest neighbours England move up seven places to 13th, while Wales stick at 34th and Northern Ireland move down four places to 47th.
In the upper echelons of the rankings, the top six stay the same, with Germany remaining the world’s best team followed by Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Netherlands and Brazil, with Portugal being the biggest mover in the the top 10,now at joint number seven with France.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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