Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland slip a place in new FIFA World Rankings

Northern Ireland have slipped a place in the latest FIFA rankings, with Michael O'Neill's side now sitting 28th.

The Republic of Ireland have also dropped a place, and are now down to 30th, while England are sixth.

For the first time in the ranking system's 25 year history, top spot is shared, with World Champions France and Belgium sitting in joint first.

The new rankings are based on the results of the Nations League fixtures, with Northern Ireland's loss against Bosnia at Windsor Park the reason for their slide down the table.

The news will be a disappointment to GAWA boss O'Neill, who had targeted an improvement in the world rankings prior to the opening tie of the Nations League.

Northern Ireland are in action again in October for an away double-header, taking on Austria on the 12th and Bosnia on the 15th.

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