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Northern Ireland fall six places in latest FIFA World Rankings

Northern Ireland have fallen six places in the world rankings
Northern Ireland have fallen six places in the world rankings
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

NORTHERN Ireland have fallen six places to 34th in the latest edition of the FIFA World Rankings released today.

After defeats to Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League, and despite a win over Israel in a friendly at Windsor Park, Michael O'Neill's side drop from 28th to outside the top-30.

That puts them one place below the Republic of Ireland, despite their loss to Wales in Dublin, and only six places above Scotland (40th) in the latest rankings.

Northern Ireland are also one of the biggest movers in either direction in the new rankings, with their drop the joint largest in the world's top-50 along with the DR Congo, while Russia are the biggest movers in the other direction, jumping up five spots.

Belgium have now taken over as the undisputed World No.1 having previously been tied on rankings points with France, who now occupy second place.

England jump up to fifth above Uruguay, largely thanks to their win over Spain in Seville, while Wales move up one place in the rankings to 18th.

FIFA World Rankings

1. Belgium

2. France

3. Brazil

4. Croatia

5. England

6. Uruguay

7. Portugal

8. Switzerland

9. Spain

10. Denmark

- - - - - - - - - - -

18. Wales

33. Republic of Ireland

34. Northern Ireland

40. Scotland

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