Fifa world rankings: Northern Ireland climb nine places

Northern Ireland celebrate their win over Norway
Northern Ireland are up to second in their World Cup qualifying group, behind leaders Germany

Northern Ireland have climbed nine places up to joint 26th in Fifa's world rankings, level with the Republic of Ireland, who fell by two places.

Michael O'Neill's side beat Norway 2-0 in their most recent match, a World Cup 2018 qualifier that moved them second behind Germany in Group C.

Wales dropped one place to 13th, England stay in 14th, while Scotland moved up eight spots to 59th.

Brazil went top for the first time in seven years, replacing Argentina.

The five-time World Cup winners became the first side to qualify for next year's tournament in Russia with a 3-0 victory over Paraguay last week.

Fifa world rankings
RankTeamPoints+/- position
1Brazil1661+1
2Argentina1603-1
3Germany14640
4Chile14030
5Colombia1348+2
6France12940
7Belgium1281-2
8Portugal12590
9Switzerland1212+2
10Spain12040

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