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.
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)
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.
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)