The Republic of Ireland have moved up one place from 20th to 19th in FIFA’s rankings for March.
Having nicked what captain Robbie Keane described as a “lucky” late draw against the Czech Republic thanks to an 87th minute solo goal from Simon Cox at the AVIVA Stadium last Wednesday, the Republic move above Bosnia-Herzagovena who lost 1-2 in a home friendly to Brasil on the same night.
Reigning World and European Champions Spain remain top of the World rankings following a 5-0 trouncing of a Venezuelan outfit who are in third place in their CONMEBOL 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group. The Spanish are well clear of second placed 2010 World Cup Finalists the Netherlands who beat England 2-3 at Wembley as the English drop one place to sixth in the rankings. Germany complete the medal placings having dropped one place to third following their 1-2 home reversal to France.
Wales drop six places to 48th having lost 0-1 at home to Costa Rica. Scotland have fallen from 48th to 51st following their 1-1 draw with Slovenia last week. Northern Ireland are, as has been the case for the last four years; the last of the “Home” Nations, dropping one place and are now trailing in in 87th place in the world after being turned over 0-3 by Norway at Belfast’s Windsor Park.