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Wales hit new ranking high of 22 as England also climb

Wales are up to their highest position of 22 in FIFA's latest rankings.

A 3-0 win in Israel last month helped Chris Coleman's side climb 15 places - more than any other side - and saw them surpass Wales' previous best ranking of 27.

That was reached back in 1993, when Terry Yorath narrowly failed to qualify for the World Cup with a squad featuring the likes of Neville Southall, Ryan Giggs and Ian Rush.

The current team remain on course for next year's European Championship finals, with only third-ranked Belgium above them in qualifying Group B.

Gareth Bale tweeted: "A Welsh high of 22nd in the world rankings, unbelievable achievement for all the lads!!"

Wales are now just eight places behind England - up three places to 14th on the back of victory over Lithuania and a friendly draw in Italy - while Scotland are up 10 spots to 29.

Northern Ireland are at 42 and the Republic of Ireland at 62 in a list still topped by World Cup winners Germany.

Anguilla are now bottom of the rankings in 209th place after losing 8-0 on aggregate to Nicaragua in the first round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying last month.

They have replaced Bhutan after the Himalayan nation jumped 46 places to 163rd place after recording their first World Cup qualifying victories, beating Sri Lanka 1-0 in Colombo and 2-1 in Thimphu last month to advance to the second round of Asian qualifying.


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  • Wales hit new ranking high of 22 as England also climb


  • Wales are up to their highest position of 22 in FIFA's latest rankings.

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  • ​​Wales' all-important European Qualifier against Belgium this summer has sold out.

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  • Swansea manager Garry Monk believes international duty can have a positive impact on players at club level.

  • Team GB football side absence at Rio 2016 Olympics disappoints Stuart Pearce


  • Former Team GB men’s football boss Stuart Pearce has echoed the Football Association’s disappointment after the governing body abandoned plans to enter teams at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

  • Wales manager Chris Coleman believes his side will not choke in European Qualifiying


  • Wales manager Chris Coleman is convinced their European Qualifying campaign will not fizzle out as they look to secure their place at a major finals for the first time since the 1958 World Cup.

  • Gareth Bale says he takes criticism of his form with a pinch of salt


  • Gareth Bale insists he has nothing to prove to anybody after playing a starring role in a vital victory for Wales in Saturday's European Qualifier in Israel.

  • Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey bullish over Belgium clash after 3-0 win in Israel


  • Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is confident of cementing top spot by upsetting Group B favourites Belgium when the sides meet in a European Qualifier on June 12.

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  • Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B


  • Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B in the European Qualifiers with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

  • Chris Coleman praises Wales' spirit after victory over Israel


  • Chris Coleman praised Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey as the pair helped steer Wales to the top of Group B in the European Qualifiers with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel.

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