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Ireland climb in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings as England shoot above Spain

16 August, 2018, 17:57 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Ireland rise in latest FIFA rankings

Egypt had a worse fall.

The Pharaohs failed to get Salah fit in time for the opening game of the World Cup and lost 1-0 in to Uruguay courtesy of a José María Giménez header in additional time.

It took two years of reviews and studies to finalise the new formula.

Nigeria team (Back row L-R) Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria's defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria's midfielder Victor Moses, Nigeria's midfielder Joel Obi and Nigeria's goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, (Front row L-R) Nigeria's striker Odion Ighalo, Nigeria's defender Shehu Abdullahi, Nigeria's midfielder Alex Iwobi, Nigeria's midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and Nigeria's defender Bryan Idowu line up for a pre-game photograph ahead of the worldwide friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

Bafana remain number 15 in Africa‚ with Tunisia the top side on the continent‚ followed by Senegal‚ DR Congo‚ Ghana and Morocco.

World Cup winners France take over at the top while Germany drop to 15th after their group stage exit in Russian Federation - having been top of the tree going into the tournament.

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The main change is that rankings points gained are now added to / subtracted to the team's total rather than averaged.

It should also prevent teams from gaming the rankings by either playing very few friendly matches or playing against lower ranked teams.

Croatia meanwhile climbed 16 places up to fourth to equal their best ranking from five years ago.

Early tournament exits for Iceland and Costa Rica have seen Ireland benefit.

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Argentina who were knocked out of the World Cup in the last 16 by France dropped to 11th while Germany slipped 14 places to come 15th.

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