Ireland’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup has had an immediate impact on the national side’s place in the FIFA World Rankings.
Martin O’Neill’s side endured a chastening night against Denmark at the Aviva just over a week ago, going down 5-1 at home after a 0-0 stalemate in Copenhagen.
As a result of this (and other mitigating factors such as results in previous years having less weight as time moves on), the Boys in Green have dropped six places to 32nd in the latest rankings.
Ireland are now level with Iran (who rose two spots) and managerless Scotland (down three), who themselves are counting the cost of missing out in next year’s finals in Russia.
After a period of relative stability in terms of Ireland’s place in the international ladder, this is only the second time since early 2016 that the national side have been ranked outside of the top 30 (the first being a 34 rank before the victory in Cardiff). Ireland’s conquerors Denmark, meanwhile, have rocketed up seven places to 12th.
Wales’ failure to even make the playoffs has seen them move perilously close to falling out of the top 20. They slip five places to 19th and could be in for even more hardship in the near future with manager Chris Coleman having left for Sunderland.
Northern Ireland have remained relatively unscathed in the latest rankings, dropping one place to 24th, while England have dropped three places to 15th – their lowest ranking since 2001.
Elsewhere, the top five (Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium) all remain unchanged, Spain climb two places to sixth (with Poland dropping down one to seventh), Switzerland break back into the top ten in eighth, with France, Chile and Peru all slipping as a result.
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— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) November 23, 2017
Selected FIFA Rankings – November 2017:
24= Northern Ireland
32=Republic of Ireland
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