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The Boys in Green have fallen down the world ranking table for the second consecutive month, as Spain hold on to top spot and Colombia rise into third

Ireland have dropped three places to 44 in the Fifa World Ranking which was updated today, Thursday July 4.

The fall represents the second in consecutive months after Trapattoni's team dropped two places to 41 in the previous month's ranking.

Beaten Confederations Cup finalists Spain hold on to top spot, while Ireland's World Cup qualifying rivals Germany remain in second. Colombia, meanwhile, have risen four places and now occupy third place, overtaking Argentina.

Brazil rose thirteen places to ninth, reclaiming a place in the top ten following their successful Confederations Cup campaign. England, however, have dropped out of the top ten, falling six places to 15th in the table, their lowest ranking since September 2008.

Northern Ireland, meanwhile, have risen five places in the ranking table and now occupy 111th place. Wales have fallen one place to 46 as Scotland rise a remarkable 24 places to 50.

Ireland's World Cup qualification rivals Austria have also risen by 22 places to 54 in the table, but Sweden have fallen four places to 31.

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