Republic of Ireland have moved up one place in the latest FIFA ranking update despite not having played a game.
After a winter of discontent that saw relations between Martin O’Neill and the Irish media deteriorate miserably, it looks like things could just be about to get better for the Boys in Green, who are now ranked joint 31st in the table along with Scotland.
🇩🇪Germany stay top 🙌
🇮🇸Iceland reach record high💪
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) February 15, 2018
Of course, at this stage the ranking doesn’t matter one iota, but the team will soon have some control over it when they return to action in March against Turkey, who incidentally also moved up, rising three places to 38th.
Ireland’s UEFA Nations League opponents Wales went down one position to 20th, while Denmark remain unchanged at 12th. Indeed, the entire top 17 are unchanged, with Germany, Brazil and Portugal occupying first, second and third place respectively.
Northern Ireland, meanwhile, dropped one place in the latest world ranking and now find themselves in 26th place.