Ireland have dropped one place to 40th while Brazil remain at a record low of 18th in the latest FIFA World Rankings. Spain remain the top ranked team in the world.

Ireland are down one place despite securing a 2-0 victory over Poland in their last outing. Northern Ireland have returned to the top 100 and are now in 97th.

Five-times world champions Brazil are ranked under Ecuador, Switzerland and Greece and only six places above Mali.

Mali, who have never played at the World Cup, are 24th after climbing one place.

South America's 10 teams all remained in the top 50, with the lowest-ranked Venezuela occupying 43rd place.

Brazil are not involved in the World Cup qualifiers and have plummeted down the rankings as friendlies earn fewer points than competitive games in the completed rankings calculations.

Afghanistan, languishing near the foot of the table until last month, leapt 48 places thanks to wins over Laos and Sri Lanka, leaving them 141st out of 209 teams.

Japan are Asia's highest-ranked team in 26th while Ivory Coast, 13th, are the top Africans and Mexico, 15th, are the CONCACAF region's top-ranked side.

There was no change among the leaders where world and European champions Spain are top, followed by Germany, Argentina, England and Italy.

1. Spain
2. Germany
3. Argentina
4. England
5. Italy
6. Colombia
7. Portugal
8. Netherlands
9. Croatia
10. Russia

40. Republic of Ireland
66. Scotland
72. Wales
97. Northern Ireland