FIFA World rankings: Ireland up four places

Ireland impressive form of late, which has seen them reach the play off’s for the 2012 European Championship has been rewarded with a four place movement up to 25th in the latest FIFA World rankings.

Giovanni Trapattoni’s side beat Andorra and Armenia to secure second spot in the table and will now meet Estonia, who despite sealing second spot in their group behind Italy, drop one place to 59th.

The FIFA/Coca Cola World ranking for October were largely influenced by the FIFA 2014 qualifiers and the UEFA Championship qualifiers, with Spain extending their lead at the top thanks to a 23rd consecutive home victory.

The Top four is unchanged with Holland, Germany and Uruguay all chasing the World Champions. Brazil moved up two places to move back into the top 5 with England also moving up in the ranking, claiming one spot to sit 7th.

Scandinavian pair Sweden and Denmark were the biggest movers inside the top twenty, with the Swedes, who claimed the best runner up spot to seal their place in Poland and the Ukraine next summer moving up 11 places to 14th while the Danes are into the top 10 are moving up 7 places from 17th.

Other impressive movers were Venezuela, who are now 40th, up 7 places after a first ever win over Argentina and Wales, who are back in the World top 50 after an eight year absence.

New Zealand and Bolivia who have both played in recent World cup’s slipped out of the top 100 to 105th and 115th, drops of 16 and 34 places respectively.

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