The Republic of Ireland have climbed three places to 31 in FIFA's latest world rankings.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s team won their last two Euro 2012 qualifiers – both against Macedonia – to move up the table.
The Republic’s next opponents, Slovakia, are down two places to 28 in the list.
Meanwhile, England have climbed to fourth, equalling their highest ever placing.
The last time England were as high as fourth was in 1997, when they moved up as a result of a decent performance as hosts of the European Championships.
Northern Ireland are up three places to 62.
Unsurprisingly, Spain continue to top the charts, with their haul of 1,871 points putting them 210 clear of the team they beat in the World Cup final, Netherlands. Germany (1,417) have moved up a place to third.