Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland have remained unchanged in the latest FIFA World Rankings, but now have their position all to themselves.
The Boys in Green stay in 31st place in the latest table, but the manner in which the ranking points are calculated means that Scotland, who had been sharing with Ireland for the last few months, slip one place to 32nd. That ranking could improve still further next time depending on the result of this month’s international friendly in Turkey.
Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland, meanwhile, climb two places in the rankings to 24th, leapfrogging USA and Costa Rica in the process. Michael, like namesake Martin, has agreed to stay in his charge of his current national side for the UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers.
England remain in 16th place, with Wales in 20th. Managers Gareth Southgate and Ryan Giggs are set to same the squads for their respective March friendlies later on Thursday.
The lack of high-profile internationals in the past few months has meant that major changes have been limited, but there is a slight shift in the top ten. Poland, despite failing to win either of their last two internationals (both friendlies), have done enough to rise one position and now share sixth place with 2010 World Cup winners Spain.
🇩🇪Germany still on top 👏
🇵🇱Poland on the rise 📈
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) March 15, 2018