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Ireland climb FIFA rankings

Ireland have moved up to 21st in the FIFA world rankings following their Euro 2012 play-off success against Estonia.

Giovanni Trapattoni's men won the tie 5-1 on aggregate and move up from 25th in the standings, which are still led by world and European champions Spain.

Holland remain second in the rankings but third-placed Germany have closed the gap following their 3-0 win in a friendly between the two sides.

Uruguay remain fourth after extending their unbeaten run to 13 matches, while Brazil drop to sixth.

Portugal climb one place to seventh and Croatia move up four places to eighth thanks to sealing their place in Euro 2012 through the play-offs.

England have moved up two places to fifth in the FIFA world rankings following their friendly wins over Spain and Sweden, while Scotland are up two places to 49th.

Wales have dropped five places to 50th despite winning four of their last five games, while Northern Ireland are also down five to 89th.


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