Ireland up four places in latest world football ranking

SoccerBy John Brennan
Martin O'Neill
Martin O'Neill

The Republic of Ireland have moved up four places to 62 in the last FIFA world football rankings.

But crucially they remain only the 31st highest European nation in the listings, which means Martin O'Neill's team are looking at a fourth seeding in the 2018 World Cup draw which takes place in St. Petersburg in June.

Ireland have only two home matches, a friendly against England and Euro qualifier against Scotland, both in June, in which to improve themselves up to the 27th spot that would give them a third seeding.

With the England game being only a friendly, Ireland need to win both matches and then hope countries just ahead of us, such as Hungary, Albania and Turkey, do not win their June Euro qualifiers.