Republic of Ireland fall to lowest ever World Ranking

Defeats against Sweden and Austria have seen the Boys in Green fall to their lowest position ever in the Fifa World Rankings, after moving down 15 positions to 59th
The Republic of Ireland have fallen to their lowest ever position in the Fifa World Rankings after slipping 15 places to 59th in the world, following defeats to Sweden and Austria.

The September rankings saw Ireland move below Iceland and Armenia, and now sit just ahead of Slovakia and Cameroon. The current position is a new low for the Boys in Green, eclipsing the previous low point of 57th in November 1998.

The Republic of Ireland are currently without a manger after the Football Association of Ireland parted company with Giovanni Trapattoni on Wednesday, and the Italian's successor will have to attempt to guide the country out of a slump which has seen them fall from 18th to 59th in just 15 months.

Spain held their position at the top of the rankings, while Argentina have leapfrogged Germany into second place. Further down the table, England moved down three places to 17th, while Wales fell six places to 52nd. Despite losing 3-2 to Luxembourg, Northern Ireland have climbed 23 positions to 86th, with Scotland also falling, down to 63rd.