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Ireland drop eight places in FIFA rankings

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Nov 2012 14:29 | Comments

Giovanni Trapattoni's side are now 36th in the rankings
Giovanni Trapattoni's side are now 36th in the rankings

Ireland have slipped eight spots to 36th in the FIFA rankings after the 6-1 hammering by Germany in last month's World Cup qualifier.

The humiliating defeat in the Aviva Stadium has had a significant impact on Ireland’s standing with the 4-1 win over the Faroe Islands proving little consolation.

World and European champions Spain remain top of the rankings with Germany still their nearest challengers.

England have slipped a place to sixth, while Northern Ireland enjoyed a leap of 17 places thanks to the 1-1 with Portugal, moving to 100 in the standings.

Scotland, who sacked Craig Levein as manager this week, have dropped below Wales after being beaten 2-1 in their head-to-head match last month.

Scotland drifted by 14 to 70th while a 2-0 defeat in Croatia meant Wales also dropped from 57th to 66th.

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