The Republic of Ireland’s home draw with the Czech Republic has resulted in Giovanni Trapattoni’s side moving up one spot to 18th place alongside Switzerland in the latest world rankings announced by FIFA.

However, the fall of Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland continues, down seven to 100th spot, level with Antigua, a startling statistic for a side that competed at two World Cup finals tournaments in the 1980s.

Germany have moved up to second, with Holland, winners at Wembley against England in February, dropping back two spots to fourth.

Copa America winners Uruguay (third) are the only non-European team in the top five, with Brazil in sixth.


In a month where only 24 international matches were played worldwide, North Korea were the biggest risers, up 24 to 86th, with Georgia dropping 21 places to 95th.

England have fallen one place to seventh in the latest world rankings, now the fifth-highest-ranked European nation, trailing leaders Spain by a massive 310 points, while Wales (41st) and Scotland (48th) have both risen.