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Christian Eriksen, Kasper Schmeichel and Denmark rose seven spots to No 12 in the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings after their World Cup playoff victory over Ireland.

The Super Eagles are also now eighth ranked team in Africa with fellow 2018 World Cup finalists Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Morocco all ahead.

Meanwhile, Senegal replaces Tunisia as Africa's highest ranked country at number 23 and 27 respectively.

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The latest rankings, which was published on FIFA's official website, sees the Eagles assume 50th position in the world and 8th in Africa. They also dropped in the African Ranking from 5th to 8th.

Burkina Faso, Cup of Nations title-holders Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast complete the top 10.

Germany remain top of the shop with Brazil tucked in second place.

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Most fans of the Nigeria team would however be disappointed with the latest ranking, as they expected the recent exploits of the team to have raised the Eagles to a more desirable position.

AFCON champions Cameroon dropped to seventh spot on the continent and 45th overall after failing to book their 2018 World Cup ticket.

The Democratic Republic of Congo remained fourth and Herve Renard-coached Morocco climbed two places to fifth after defeating the Ivory Coast to book a World Cup slot in Russian Federation.

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They declined from 66th spot in August to 80th in September following their losses to Cape Verde Islands, but were back inside the top 74 teams in the world in October. Spain are sixth after climbing two spots up in the rankings.

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