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Ireland move up to 31st in world rankings

As we all know the FIFA world rankings aren’t the most credible of sources. That said the new listings have seen Ireland move up the list by two spots.

Martin O’Neill’s men drew with Sweden and lost to Belgium – ranked second best team in the world behind Argentina – before beating Italy to secure a place in the last 16. Ireland exited the competition at the last-16 stage when they were beaten defeated by hosts France despite taking an early lead through a penalty from Robbie Brady.

Wales’ run to the semi-finals sees them climb to 11th, above England who drop down to 13th following an early exit at the hands of outsiders Iceland.

Portugal, who beat hosts France in the final, move up two places to sixth. Les Bleus climb 10 places to seventh, now above Spain, after returning to competitive internationals. Brazil are down two in ninth place, while Italy complete the top 10, having moved from 12th.

Despite losing the Copa America Centenario final to Chile, Argentina remain top of the rankings with the leading five spots unchanged.

  1. Argentina
  2. Belgium
  3. Colombia
  4. Germany
  5. Chile
  6. Portugal
  7. France
  8. Spain
  9. Brazil
  10. Italy
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About Rachel Lynch

Rachel Lynch
Journalist with InTallaght.

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