Martin O’Neill won’t be too happy with Ireland’s FIFA world ranking today. The Republic of Ireland have now fallen one place to 51st on the latest rankings released today.
In August Ireland had risen to 50th following draws with Poland, Scotland and England. Surprisingly enough they are now placed ten places behind Northern Ireland who have gotten off to a flyer in their European Qualifying group.
Scotland who sit third in Group D of Ireland qualifying table have now climbed to 32nd in the world and for the first time in their history Wales have overtaken England with Chris Coleman’s men moving into ninth spot.
Argentina remain at the top of the rankings and rightly so, just below them are Belgium and Germany, while England somehow make it into the top 10.
The FIFA world rankings over the years have turned up many surprises and with friendlies considered in the points round up its hard to actually gather a correct placing for every country.
That said Ireland are now placed a long way off their 1993 ranking of 6th, yes that’s right Ireland were once considered the 6th best footballing nation in the world.