There was contrasting fortunes for Ireland north and south in the latest FIFA world rankings with Michael O’Neill’s side moving up two places as Martin’s Republic were bounced out of the top 30.

Both sides recorded similar results in the recent friendly internationals, winning and drawing one match each.

And if anything, the Republic’s feat of beating the then 12th-ranked side Switzerland and drawing with Slovakia (28th before today’s rankings) was more impressive than Northern Ireland who drew with 17th-ranked Wales and beating Slovenia (54th), nevertheless, both managers surely have more concerning matters ahead of the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament.

The Republic are in 31st place with the North reaching their highest ever ranking of 26. 

England remain in the top ten but fell one place to tenth following their two games, where they beat Germany but lost at home to Netherlands.

Wales, as mentioned, fell from 17th to 21st, while Scotland move up five places to 40th following their victories over Denmark and the Czech Republic.

Argentina moved top as South America dominated the monthly rankings with five teams, half of the continent's total, in the top 10.

World Cup qualifying wins for Argentina away at Chile and home to Bolivia dislodged Belgium, who had been leading for the previous five months but dropped into second.

Despite the defeat, Chile climbed to third, an all-time high, with Colombia one place behind them in fourth, Brazil seventh and Uruguay ninth.

The rankings did not make such happy reading for Asia, who had only two teams in the top 50, Iran in 42nd and regional champions Australia in 50th.

Algeria were African's highest-placed team in 33rd, one ahead of Ivory Coast, while 16th-ranked Mexico led the way for CONCACAF.

Three-times continental champions Nigeria dropped to 67th after failing to qualify for next year's African Nations Cup.

Rankings: (previous month in brackets):  1 Argentina (2)  2 Belgium (1)  3 Chile (5)  4 Colombia (8)  5 Germany (4)  6 Spain (3)  7 Brazil (6)  8 Portugal (7)  9 Uruguay (11) 10 England (9).

Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 opponents: Belgium (2), Italy (15), Sweden (36)

Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 opponents: Germany (5), Ukraine (22), Poland (27)