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Northern Ireland reach highest ever FIFA world ranking

Northern Ireland have reached their highest ever position in the FIFA world rankings.

The Green and White Army have moved up to 22nd in rankings. Their previous highest ranking was 26th, which they reached in April.

Top of the tree is Germany, fresh from their Confederations Cup victory.  England sit on 13th, Wales 20th and the Republic at 29th.

Scotland are at 58th.

Northern Ireland's impressive run of late, which has put them on course for a possible appearance at the Word Cup in Russia, sees them 10 places about the once mighty Dutch, who are continuing to drop down the rankings.

To put it all in perspective, 22nd place is 107 spots above the lowly 129th that Northern Ireland occupied in September 2012, just seven months after boss Michael O'Neill officially took charge.

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