Two of Burton Albion's summer signings are playing their part in a historic rise for Northern Ireland's national team.
Michael O'Neill's side have risen to 22nd place in the new FIFA world rankings - their highest-ever spot - following recent victories over New Zealand and Azerbaijan - with the latter a crucial World Cup-qualifying triumph.
Albion's club-record signing Liam Boyce started in that game and scored the winner in the 1-0 win over New Zealand, while midfielder Matty Lund - Nigel Clough's first signing ahead of the 2017/18 campaign - started the All Whites clash.
Tom Flanagan, who left the Brewers following the expiration of his contract last week, also made his international debut in that match.
Northern Ireland's rise over recent years is a remarkable one - and Albion pair Boyce and Lund will be hoping it continues.
In October 2012, the world rankings showed the Green and Whites sat 117th in the world, 112 places adrift of England.
But following a run to the last-16 of last summer's European Championships and a so-far successful bid to qualify for the World Cup finals next year, O'Neill's side find themselves a mere nine places adrift of Gareth Southgate's team.
Jackson Irvine's Australia, meanwhile, have climbed to 45th in the latest FIFA table, three places above their previous position.
Irvine - who scored his first senior goal for the Socceroos earlier this year - has helped Ange Postecoglou's men remain in contention for World Cup qualification, while they produced a fine display last month in a 1-1 Confederations Cup draw with Chile.