Wales jumps to 11th, England down two

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Gareth Bale ‘proud’ despite Wales Euro 2016 derby defeat. AFP PHOTO

Gareth Bale ‘proud’ despite Wales Euro 2016 derby defeat. AFP PHOTO

PARIS: Wales’ memorable charge to the Euro 2016 semifinals has lifted Chris Coleman’s side up 15 places to 11th in the latest FIFA World Rankings published on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

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.

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

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.

AFP

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