Ireland climb world football rankings

The Republic of Ireland are up five places to 36th in the latest FIFA world rankings despite not having participated in the World Cup.

England have risen a place despite their woeful showing in the tournament, climbing to seventh.

World and European champions Spain top the rankings ahead of Holland, Brazil, Germany, Argentina and Uruguay.

Portugal, who lost to eventual winners Spain in the knockout round, have dropped five places to eighth. Italy, world champions in 2006, have dropped six places to 11th.

Egypt are ninth and the top 10 is completed by Chile.

Further down the rankings, Northern Ireland have dropped three places to 59th.

New Zealand, who were unbeaten in their three group matches in South Africa, have climbed 24 places to 54th.

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