Football: Wales overtake England in Fifa world rankings

The Wales team bus arrives at Cardiff City Stadium on July 8, 2016.
The Wales team bus arrives at Cardiff City Stadium on July 8, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS • Singapore fell nine places to 158 in the Fifa world rankings yesterday, as Wales, propelled by an impressive European Championship campaign, climbed 15 places to 11, two places ahead of England.

Chris Coleman's charges, who reached the last four in France in Wales' first major tournament since 1958, were boosted by an increase of 291 ranking points, the highest of any nation in the football world.

Iceland, the smallest nation ever to have qualified for the European Championship and which has a population of just 330,000, saw their fairy-tale run end in the quarter-finals but saw their rankings jump 12 places to 22.

There were no changes in the top five rankings with Copa America finalists Argentina retaining top spot, followed by Belgium, Colombia, Germany and Chile.

Five-time world champions Brazil, who failed to progress past the group stages of Copa America for the first time since 1987, are on the brink of dropping out of the top 10, ranked at ninth, ahead of Italy.

European Championship finalists France jumped 10 places to move to seventh, one place behind winners Portugal.

  • FIFA TOP 10

  • 1 (1) Argentina

    2 (2) Belgium

    3 (3) Colombia

    4 (4) Germany

    5 (5) Chile

    6 (8) Portugal

    7 (17) France

    8 (6) Spain

    9 (7) Brazil

    10 (12) Italy

    158 (149) Singapore

    Last month's ranking in brackets

Thailand, placed 121, are tops among South-east Asian nations, despite falling four places.

They are followed by the Philippines (135), and Vietnam (139). Malaysia (167) lie nine places below Singapore.

Asia's top sides are Iran (39), South Korea (48), Japan (57), who fell by four places, and Australia (59).

REUTERS, THE GUARDIAN

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2016, with the headline 'Wales overtake England in Fifa world rankings'. Print Edition | Subscribe