Who would have thought it? Northern Ireland's national soccer team has gone ahead of that of the Republic's in the FIFA rankings announced today After beating Latvia in their most recent Euro 2008 qualifier, Northern Ireland have risen 13 places to 45 while the Republic slip to 49.
It is Northern Ireland's highest ranking since 1995 and the Republic's lowest for eight years. Steve Staunton's Republic suffered a 5-2 defeat in Cyprus before holding the Czech Republic to a draw at home. Under Sanchez, Northern Ireland have risen from 124th place in the rankings.
My commiserations to the Republic - but don't worry guys, you are still ahead of Wales!