Wales overtake England in new Fifa rankings


WALES have shot up the recently revamped Fifa rankings, occupying 11th place following their European Championship heroics and edging ahead of England, who slumped two spots after their dismal dispatch by the glittering stars of Iceland. 

England are now in 13th while their supermarket conquerors rise to 22nd, six ahead of Northern Ireland who have surprisingly dropped three places despite qualifying for the second group against expectations. 

Beating Italy to reach the second round helped the Republic of Ireland secure a two place promotion into 31st, while Scotland, who elected to sit out the competition in a generous show of solidarity with Montenegro, plummeted seven places and now occupy the highly sought after 50th spot, a full 100 places above Afghanistan. 


Newly crowned European champions Portugal overtook old rivals Spain as reward for their victory and now settle in sixth, one place ahead of beaten finalists France but still behind Belgium and Germany who take second and fourth respectively. 

Copa America champions Chile camp out in fifth, while south American rivals Brazil slip to ninth as Argentina continue to be considered the world’s best team despite losing to Chile on penalties and losing Messi to tax evasion.  

Plucky Polynesians Tonga are considered the worst team in the world, a full fifteen years after their spectacular 22-0 loss to Australia. 


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