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Republic of Ireland rise in FIFA rankings

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Jul 2010 11:06

Giovanni Trapattoni's side are on the rise again
Giovanni Trapattoni's side are on the rise again

The Republic of Ireland have risen five places in the FIFA world rankings to 36th spot in the global standings.

England have also moved up the rankings despite their woeful showing in the World Cup finals in South Africa.

The team managed only one win and two draws during the group stages and then suffered a humiliating 4-1 exit at the hands of Germany in the knockout round.

But Fabio Capello's men have risen to seventh place in the rankings.

World and European champions Spain top the rankings ahead of the Netherlands, Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Uruguay.

Portugal, who lost to eventual winners Spain in the knockout round, have dropped five places to eighth. Italy, world champions in 2006, have dropped six places to 11th.

Egypt are ninth and the top 10 is completed by Chile.

Scotland are up two spots to 41st, Northern Ireland have dropped three places to 59th and Wales have slipped seven spots to 84th.

New Zealand, who were unbeaten in their three group matches in South Africa, have climbed 24 places to 54th.