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New FIFA rankings see Wales top England

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Much like Theresa May taking over from David Cameron, it was just a matter of when, and not if, Wales were going to move above England in the FIFA world rankings, and now it's official, as the latest list has them sat proudly in 11th place.

While the top five teams - Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile, in that order - stayed the same, the big news was of the Welsh surge up the charts. Rocketing up 15 places following their heroic run at Euro 2016, the fact that they leapfrog England, who fall two places from 11th to 13th, will no doubt come as a double win for Gareth Bale and co.

For a team which, let's not forget, were languishing in the international doldrums of 117th place in 2011 - deemed even poorer than Liechtenstein back then - much credit must  go to the late Gary Speed and current manager Chris Coleman for the mammoth turnaround in fortune which now sees the national team knocking on the door of the planet's top ten.

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Meanwhile, north of the border, Scotland, who, of course, were the only Home Nation to miss out on a Euro 2016 place, fall seven places to 50. And if manager Gordon Strachan wasn't already fully aware of the task at hand, his team is now below Venezuela, Tunisia and even Panama.

Not that it was much better news for Northern Ireland: despite qualifying through the group stages at the Euros, the Ulstermen find themselves down two places to 28th - though in fairness to the FIFA bods they might just be aggrieved at manager Michael O'Neill for constantly benching striker Will Grigg, who is probably still aflame somewhere.

Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland moved up to 31st place, while the mighty minnows of Iceland have surged up 12 places to 22nd. No more than they deserve.

So one giant viking-sized clap for those guys.

Current FIFA Rankings:

1. Argentina
2. Belgium
3. Columbia
4. Germany
5. Chile
6. Portugal
7. France
8. Spain
9. Brazil
10. Italy
11. Wales
12. Uruguay
13. England
14. Mexico
15. Croatia
16. Poland
17. Ecuador
18. Switzerland
19= Turkey
19= Hungary

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