Today’s publication of the updated FIFA rankings make grim reading for Republic of Ireland fans as the boys in green drop 7 places to 67th, the lowest the nation has ever been ranked. To put that in perspective there is a whopping 61 places between the current ranking and Ireland’s highest ever placing 20 years ago.
Whilst each publication of FIFA rankings comes with a healthy dollop of derision by pundits and fans alike, the next few rankings could be used as somewhat of a gauge of the newly formed management partnership of O’Neill and Keane.
Elsewhere England (13) and Belgium (11) have both dropped out of the top ten, with Portugal (5) and Brazil (10) replacing them. Of the other ‘Home nations’ Scotland (33) rise 2 places, Wales (56) drop a massive 12 places and its as you were for Northern Ireland (90).
Cuba (47) will be breaking out the cigars to a huge jump of 27 places, whereas poor Guyana (150) are the biggest losers dropping 36 places.
A full list of the FIFA World rankings can be found here.