The Republic of Ireland have climbed two places to 29th in the new FIFA world rankings released today.
Giovanni Trapattoni’s men moved into the top 30 following European championship qualifier scoreless draws against Slovakia and Russia.
Current World and European champions Spain have regained the top spot, after a brief spell at the summit by the Netherlands for just one month.
Germany stay third, while Copa America winners Uruguay rise to a best-ever fourth.
England have fallen four places to eighth despite winning their latest two back-to-back Euro 2012 matches.
Scotland have risen three places to 52 after drawing with the Czech Republic and beating Lithuania last month.
Northern Ireland have plummeted 11 places to 70th following defeats by Estonia and Serbia.
Gary Speed’s Welsh side lie further down in 90th position.
Official FIFA top ten: