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Wales overtake England in FIFA world rankings

Wales move up 15 places to 11th, an increase of some 291 ranking points, the highest of any nation after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016

Propelled by an impressive European Championship campaign, Wales climbed 15 places to move into 11th, two places ahead of England, in the FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.

Chris Coleman’s charges reached the last four in France in Wales’ first major tournament since 1958 and lost to eventual winners Portugal.

England, the 1966 World Cup winners, exited in the round of 16 after a humiliating defeat to Iceland which saw them drop two places to 13th.

Iceland, the smallest nation ever to have qualified for the European Championship, with a population of 330,000, saw their fairytale run end in the quarter-finals but saw their ranking jump 12 places to 22.

There were no changes in the top five rankings with Copa America finalists Argentina retaining top spot, followed by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.

Five-time World champions Brazil, who failed to progress past the group stages of the Copa America for the first time since 1987, are on the brink of dropping out of the top 10, ranked at ninth, ahead of Italy.

European Championship finalists France jumped 10 places to move to 7th, one place behind winners Portugal.

Top 10 (last month’s positions in brackets)

1. Argentina (1)

2. Belgium (2)

3. Colombia (3)

4. Germany (4)

5. Chile (5)

6. Portugal (8)

7. France (17)

8. Spain (6)

9. Brazil (7)

10. Italy (12)


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