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Northern Ireland climb to 26th place in latest FIFA rankings

Michael O'Neill has guided Northern Ireland to 26th place in the latest FIFA rankings

NORTHERN Ireland have reached their best-ever FIFA ranking of 26th.

Michael O'Neill's side, who are preparing for the 2016 European Championship, will be boosted by a climb of two places in the official FIFA rankings.

The move continues the upward trend that Northern Ireland have experienced since 2013, with Scotland concurrently rising five places to 40th, although there was no good news for England, Wales or the Republic of Ireland.

Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side slipped to 31st, Wales are down to 24th despite qualifying for Euro 2016 while England have dropped a place to 10th. 

Elsewhere, Belgium's five-month stay at the top of the FIFA men's rankings comes to an end, with the Red Devils usurped by 2014 World Cup runners-up Argentina.

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