Wales ahead of England in world rankings

FIFAWales have moved ahead of England in the FIFA world rankings for the first time.

Chris Coleman’s side, on the verge of qualifying for their first major finals since the the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, stayed ninth, their best-ever spot, while England slipped to 10th, swapping places with Chile.

The in-form Welsh top Group B in Euro 2016 qualifying and two victories in the next four days will secure their place at the finals in France.

England top Group E, having won all six games, and are already guaranteed of at least a play-off place but will book their spot in France if they beat San Marino and Slovenia fail to defeat Switzerland this weekend.

Coleman said that despite a strong start to the qualifying campaign by his side, there was still a lot of work to be done.

“The rankings won’t get us to France. I wish it would but they won’t,” he said

Argentina retained the world number one ranking, while Belgium, behind Wales in their qualifying group, stayed in second with Germany third and Brazil fifth.

World top 10 rankings:

1. Argentina

2. Belgium

3. Germany

4. Colombia

5. Brazil

6. Portugal

7. Romania

8. Chile

9. Wales

10. England

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