Ireland move up two places in latest Fifa ranking

The Boys in Green have risen two places in the ranking table, but the top three remains unchanged; Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland, meanwhile, fall out of the top 100
Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland have risen two places in the updated Fifa ranking released Thursday, February 14.

After a victory against Poland at the Aviva Stadium at the beginning of February, the Boys in Green have received positive news after going up two spaces in the updated list, and they now occupy 39th position in the table.

The top three remain unchanged, with European and world champions Spain at the summit, with Ireland's World Cup qualification rivals Germany in second place and Argentina in third. England, meanwhile, have risen two places and occupy fourth position in the table.

Elsewhere, Ireland's other World Cup qualification rivals Sweden have fallen two places out of the top 20 to 21st, while Austria fell eight places to 76.

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland once again fallen out of the top 100, dropping three places to 102 in the rankings, but Wales made a leap of 13 places to occupy 68th, while Scotland rose five places to 64.