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Scotland rise 15 places in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings as Wales leapfrog England

Scotland rise 15 places in Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings as Wales leapfrog England”

Germany returned to the summit of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, continuing this year's ongoing tug-of-war with Brazil for top spot.

Nigeria have dropped six places to 44 in the world in the latest FIFA Rankings released today despite a 4-0 home win over higher ranked Cameroon in a World Cup qualifier earlier this month.

Northern Ireland have also improved their placing by moving three places up into 20th, while the Republic of Ireland have not fared so well as they drop five spots to 34th.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal are further on the rise and have jumped up three places into third position, one above Lionel Messi's Argentina, who only produced two disappointing draws during the recent worldwide break.

Among the most notable climbers are the Cape Verde Islands (67, up 47), Luxembourg (101, up 35), Bolivia (46, up 22) and Denmark (26, up 20), this on the back of stunning results in qualifying against South Africa, France, Chile and Poland respectively.

The rankings really reflect how the past year has gone. The remainder of the top five is made up by Portugal, Argentina and Belgium. The next Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings will be announced on October 16 and used to determine the seedings in the draw for the four European playoff ties for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.



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