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Northern Ireland fall three places but Republic of Ireland are massive movers in latest FIFA World Rankings

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland have fallen to 23rd in the latest FIFA World Rankings.

As expected, the defeats to Germany and Norway have caused Michael O'Neill's side to drop three places, crucially below Denmark - confirming that NI will not be seeded for next month's World Cup play-offs.

The Danes are up seven places to 19th after their 1-0 win over Montenegro and 1-1 draw with Romania. The latest rankings, therefore, cement the seeding of Switzerland (11th), Italy (15th), Croatia (18th) and Denmark (19th).

The Republic of Ireland are up EIGHT places to 26th after their wins over Moldova and Wales. Martin O'Neill's side are now 26th, just three places behind their cross-border neighbours.

Scotland are up 14 to 29th, England are up three places to 12th and Wales drop one spot to 14th. The top six in the rankings are unchanged, Germany holding on to top spot.

Latest FIFA World Rankings - the key numbers

Leader: Germany (unchanged)

Moves into top 10: Spain (8th, up 3),Peru (10th, up 2)

Moves out of top 10: Switzerland (11th, down 4) Colombia (13th, down 3)

Matches played in total: 113

Most matches played: 86 teams with 2 games each

Biggest move by points: Denmark (plus 153 points)

Biggest move by ranks: Turkmenistan (up 22 ranks)

Biggest drop by points: Ecuador (minus 159 points)

Biggest drop by ranks: Ecuador, Lithuania (down 25 ranks each)

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