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Ireland at 67th in FIFA rankings, Spain finish top for sixth year on the trot

La Roja go into a World Cup year as top dogs again.

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IRELAND REMAIN IN their lowest ever ranking of 67th place in FIFA’s newly-released list.

The Boys in Green haven’t played since the last rankings were released.

Spain continue to lead the way in an unchanged top 10. Vicente del Bosque’s world and European champions have now topped the rankings at the end of each of the last six calendar years following an unbeaten FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign that saw Spain collect 20 points from a possible 24.

Germany, Argentina, Colombia and Portugal complete the top five followed by Uruguay, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Brazil. Bosnia-Herzegovina are the only team on the up inside the top 30.

Fresh from reaching a first World Cup finals, Bosnia-Herzegovina are now 19th, up two places, meaning France and Mexico drop one place each to 20th and 21st respectively.

Ukraine hold the distinction of being the highest climbers this year after surging 29 places to 18th, although that is unlikely to temper the frustration at missing out on a World Cup place following play-off heartache at the hands of France last month.

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is in Dublin for an end-of-year press conference today.

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