Nigeria drop 6 places in latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings

The United States has dropped two places in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings to No. 28 as it struggles to qualify for the World Cup.

It means Michael O'Neill's men sit above Netherlands (29th), Sweden (23rd), and Iceland (22nd).

Gordon Strachan's side kept hopes of reaching Russian Federation 2018 alive at the start of September by taking maximum points from a double-header for the first time in a decade. That's only as good as the accuracy of FIFA's rankings, though.

The Republic of Ireland are now ranked 34th, while Wales are 13th, with England 15th, high-flying Northern Ireland 20th and Scotland 43rd.

Michael O'Neill's side recorded back-to-back wins over San Marino and Czech Republic to seal second place in their World Cup qualifiers.

However, the Super Eagles made slight progress in the continental rankings improving one spot to fifth ahead of African champions Cameroon.

Nepal slipped six-position down in this month's Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, which are based on results over a four-year period, published on Thursday.

Brazil are guaranteed to be seeded, and will be joined by Germany, Argentina and Portugal if they qualify.

6, followed by Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia, who round out the top 10.

The next FIFA World Ranking will be published on 16 October 2017.

The committee also confirmed the World Cup qualifying match played between South Africa and Senegal in November a year ago must be replayed in the November worldwide window.

But the December 1 draw will see all 32 teams seeded from the October FIFA Ranking, which is published when all regions have completed their regular qualifying programmes before the November playoffs.

Vanessa Coleman

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