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Ireland Remain 43 Places Below Scotland In World Rankings; England In Lowest Spot Since 1996

Ireland Remain 43 Places Below Scotland In World Rankings; England In Lowest Spot Since 1996
By Conor Neville

England have plummeted to 20th spot in the world rankings, their lowest spot since before Euro 96. Of the top 30 nations in the world, England have suffered the biggest fall, dropping from 10th and 20th position.

The last time England were this low in the world standings was the period in which they went over two and a half years without a competitive match. They didn't play a competitive game between their 7-1 win over San Marino in November 1993 and their opening game of Euro 96 against Switzerland.

Elsewhere, Spain drop seven places to 8th spot, while the two finalists, Germany and Argentina sit in 1st and 2nd positions.

Ireland are unchanged since the last update on the rankings, but their release now has served to remind us that Ireland lie 43 spots behind Scotland (who haven't qualified for a major tournament since France 98) in the world rankings.

Last week, Packie Bonner said he reckons Scotland will pip Ireland to second spot in Euro 2016 qualifying.

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