Northern Ireland move into top 20 of FIFA World Rankings

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Luxembourg, which got a shock draw with France, is up 35 places to 101st, its highest ranking yet. In the latest ranking, India are placed 107th among 211 countries.

England are of course damned if they do and damned if they don't as their qualifying groups are usually too boring and easy for words so they schedule more hard friendlies and that affects their standing even if they win. India now have 315 points, as opposed to 341 they had earlier.

New Zealand climbed inside the top-100 earlier this year but dropped outside following a winless tour of Europe which featured three losses at the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation. It had risen to 96th in July but had dropped to 97th in August.

Meanwhile, Germany returned to the top position after pushing Brazil to No. 2.




Germany are back on top of the world having moved a place to dislodge Brazil to second.

Wales are now the highest ranked British side, moving five places up to 13th place.

Wales have leapfrogged England after the worldwide break, moving up five places into 13th while Gareth Southgate's side have dropped by two spots to 15th.

Northern Ireland are the third-ranked team from the British Isles at No 20, with Republic of Ireland ranked 34th and Scotland 43rd.

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