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Wales Move Above Spain And Italy In Latest FIFA World Rankings

CARDIFF, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 05: Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring his sides fourth goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Moldova at the Cardiff City Stadium on September 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Wales’ Euro 2016 heroics have seen them break into the FIFA World Ranking top ten for the first time in over a year.

Chris Coleman’s side gave a great account of themselves in France earlier this summer, beating former number one rank Belgium along the way to a semi-final finish.

In the latest FIFA World Rankings released today, Wales have moved above 2010 World Cup winners Spain, who drop out of the first time in a decade, thanks in part to the 4-0 win against Moldova in their opening World Cup 2018 qualifier earlier this month.

Argentina retain their place at the top of the rankings, despite losing the Copa América Centenario final earlier this summer to Chile (who, incidentally, drop one one place to 6th after a poor run of form).

Brazil move up five places to joint-fourth as Tite enjoys a good start since replaing Dunga Seleção manager.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 06: Neymar player of Brazil celebrates his goal during 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualification match between Brazil and Colombia at Arena da Amazonia at Arena da Amazonia on September 6, 2016 in Manaus, Brazil. (Photo by Bruno Zanardo/Getty Images)

Euro 2016 finalists Portugal and France also slip one place from last month, while Germany move above Colombia to third. Belgium retain their place despite their poor showing at Euro 2016.

FIFA World Rankings – Top Ten:

1. Argentina (no change)

2. Belgium (no change)

3. Germany (up 1)

4=. Colombia (down 1)

4=. Brazil (up 5)

6. Chile (down 1)

7. Portugal (down 1)

8. France (down 1)

9. Uruguay (up 1)

10. Wales (up 1)

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JUNE 26: Lionel Messi #10 of Argentina looks on against Chile during the Copa America Centenario Championship match at MetLife Stadium on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Outside of the top ten, England have moved up one place to 12th, after Sam Allardyce enjoyed a late win at Slovakia in his first game in charge of the Three Lions.

They move ahead of Italy, who slip three places – and also out of the top ten – to 13th.

The Netherlands have moved up places, but are still languishing in 24th place, among their worst positions since the rankings were implement more than two decades ago.

SOLNA, SWEDEN - SEPTEMBER 06: Vincent Janssen of Netherlands dejected during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Netherlands at Friends arena on September 6, 2016 in Solna, Sweden. (Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images)

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland are unchanged in 31st place after a 4-0 win against Oman was followed up by a 2-2 draw in Serbia. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, slip two places to 30th.

Scotland are back into the top 50 – Gordon Strachan’s side move up seven places to 44th after beating Malta 5-1 earlier this month.

Selected FIFA Rankings Outside of the Top Ten:

11. Spain (down 3)

12. England (up 1)

13. Italy (down 3)

14. Croatia (up 1)

22. USA (up 4)

24. Netherlands (up 2)

30. Northern Ireland (down 2)

31. Republic of Ireland (no change)

38. Russia (no change)

44. Scotland (up 7)

45. Australia (up 12)

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