Northern Ireland have continued their recent slide down the FIFA/Coca-Cola world rankings to the new position of 100.
While the drop is somewhat meaningless and is simply a result of a run of really poor results being “processed through the system” from around 18 months ago, Michael O’Neill will naturally be keen to lift the side back up the rankings as quickly as possible. The draw for the qualifying groups of Euro 2016 are some way off right now, which means Northern Ireland won’t be lumbered in a lower “pot” just yet.
I’m sure you’ll all be exicted to know that the likes of Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Vietnam, Oman and Bahrain now rank above the Green and White Army.
In terms of our British Isle neighbours, England have dropped one place to seventh, Republic of Ireland step up to 18th, Wales leap into 41st and Scotland move into the top 50 and 48th.
Thankfully, we remain above New Zealand (130th) and they went to the last FIFA World Cup so it’s not all lost completely. Right? Right.