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Northern Ireland slip two places in latest world rankings

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland have dropped two places to 29th in the latest FIFA/Coca Coca World Rankings that were released today.

A draw with Panama and a 3-0 loss to Costa Rica on the recent tour to Central America has seen Michael O'Neill's side fall in the latest figures, with Senegal and Slovakia moving above them.

Costa Rica, courtesy of that victory, have elevated themselves to 23rd - a rise of two places - while Panama have stayed 55th.

The Republic of Ireland remain 31st in the latest rankings following their loss to France and win over the USA, while England move up one place to joint-12th with Denmark after their friendly win over Nigeria.

However, Scotland are among one of the biggest movers in the wrong direction as they dropped eight places to 42nd due to their losses to Mexico and Peru.

Ahead of the kick-off of next week's World Cup, the top seven sides in the world rankings are unchanged, with Germany holding off Brazil in top spot and Belgium, Portugal and Argentina rounding out the top-five.

FIFA World Rankings - as of June 7

1. Germany

2. Brazil

3. Belgium

4. Portugal

5. Argentina

6. Switzerland

7. France

8. Poland

9. Chile

10. Spain

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=12. England

29. Northern Ireland

31. Republic of Ireland

42. Scotland

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