FIFA Rankings: Wales jump 15 places to 11th, England down two

By AFP
Published: July 14, 2016
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Wales defeated Northern Ireland and Belgium in Euro 2016 before a 2-0 loss to Portugal. PHOTO: AFP

Wales defeated Northern Ireland and Belgium in Euro 2016 before a 2-0 loss to Portugal. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS: Wales’ memorable charge to the Euro 2016 semi-finals has lifted Chris Coleman’s side up 15 places to 11th in the latest FIFA World Rankings published on Thursday.

Wales lost to England in Group B but went on to beat Northern Ireland and Belgium, the second best team in the world, before a 2-0 loss to Portugal.

Welsh forward Gareth Bale took to Twitter to congratulate his teammates on reaching this mark:

Champions Portugal jumped two rungs to sixth with beaten finalists and hosts France climbing 10 spots to seventh.

Euro 2016: Wales stun Belgium 3-1 to reach semi-finals

England’s dismal showing in France where they lost to minnows Iceland saw them slip two spots to 13th The Icelanders are now in 22nd spot, above European football heavyweights the Netherlands who failed to make the 2016 championship.

Despite losing the Copa America Centanario final to Chile Argentina retain the rankings’ summit ahead of the Belgians, Colombia, Germany and Chile.

Euro 2016: Wales beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Euro 2016 last 16

Rankings

1. Argentina

2. Belgium

3. Colombia

4. Germany

5. Chile

6. Portugal (+2)

7. France (+10)

8. Spain (-2)

9. Brazil (-2)

10. Italy (+2)

11. Wales (+15)

12. Uruguay (-3)

13. England (-2)

14. Mexico (+2)

15. Croatia (+12)

16. Poland (+11)

17. Ecuador (-4)

18. Switzerland (-3)

19. Turkey (-1)

19. Hungary (+1)

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