CONFIRMED! Wales above England in FIFA rankings after Euro 2016 heroics

first_img1 Wales have climbed above England in the FIFA world rankings after their sensational run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.The Group B winners were one of the teams of the tournament, with their historic 3-1 win over the world’s second-best side Belgium the highlight of a memorable campaign. Chris Coleman’s men recovered from losing to England in Lens in the group stages to then knock out Northern Ireland and Belgium before losing 2-0 to eventual champions Portugal in teh last four.And Gareth Bale and Co’s heroics in France has seen Chris Coleman’s team rise 15 places in the official FIFA rankings, with the Dragons now the 11th best team in the world and the top-ranked team in Britain.It brings more embarrassment for England, who – after suffering a shock exit in the last-16 at the hands of minnows Iceland – are two places below the Welsh in 13th.It’s an all-time high in the rankings for Wales, having been placed 112th only six years ago in 2010, while their increase of some 291 ranking points is the highest of any nation.Elsewhere in the rankings, the top five clubs remain unchanged with Argentina occupying top spot with Belgium in second.That’s despite Argentina losing to Chile – in fifth – in the Copa America final in June, and the Belgians only making the Euro semis.Colombia, who beat hosts USA in the Copa America third place play-off, sit third while world champions Germany are fourth and newly-crowned European champions Portugal have risen two places to sixth.Northern Ireland are in 28th spot, down three places despite a memorable first European Championship campaign where they qualified for the last 16.The Republic of Ireland are up two places in 31st, having beaten Italy to secure a place in the knock-out stage, where they were defeated by hosts France despite taking an early lead through a penalty from Robbie Brady.Scotland, who failed to qualify for Euro 2016, are in 50th place, down seven, as they prepare for a 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign which sees them in the same group as England. Wales celebrated their amazing Euro 2016 campaign with an open top bus parade when they returned to Cardiff last_img