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Chris Coleman has enjoyed an outstanding year with Wales, taking his country to the European Championships in France this summer, before guiding them to a place in the semi-finals, where they were defeated by eventual winners, Portugal.

No one had expected the small country with a population of around 3 million, to achieve such success after having failed to qualify for a major tournament in 57 years. Even in that time, England have managed to win the World Cup.

But with Coleman's troops having recently kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a convincing 4-0 win over Moldova earlier this month, they have had to quickly forget their fairytale summer.

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However, while their hard work has already began, to qualify for their first World Cup since the 1958 tournament in Sweden, Coleman's men can afford a brief moment to enjoy another great achievement, after the latest FIFA World Rankings were announced.

Wales currently occupy 10th in the FIFA World Rankings, once place of Spain - who won back-to-back European Championships, before falling way short this summer, and secured the 2010 World Cup.

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If there was any doubters in their recent success - most likely from their English neighbours - the latest rankings prove how far The Dragons have come.

And it comes an no surprise that Wales leapfrogging Spain in the World Rankings has been a hot topic on Twitter.

Although fans' reactions on Twitter varied, it cannot be argued that Coleman's men don't deserve to overtake Spain. A convincing 3-0 win over Russia and 3-1 win over a highly-regarded Belgium highlighted exactly how far The Dragons have come under Coleman.

But while overtaking Spain in the rankings will be regarded as the biggest triumph, ultimately leapfrogging rivals England will be the sweetest success.

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