Wales break into FIFA World Rankings top ten for the first time

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Wales have moved in to the top 10 of FIFA's World Rankings for the first time.

This is an outstanding achievement for Chris Coleman and his side, who have come on leaps and bounds since the beginning of the European Championship qualifying campaign.

Wales are currently sitting at the top of their qualifying group, and with a 1-0 victory over group rivals Belgium in Cardiff last month under their belt, Wales are odds-on to qualify for the European Championships in France next summer.

Wales, sitting in 10th place in the World Rankings, are higher than former World Cup winners Spain, Italy and France, something that seemed incomprehensible just four years ago when the nation were sitting at 117th on the list under the management of the late Gary Speed.

Wales are just one place behind England and have cemented themselves as the second best team in the United Kingdom, due to Scotland dropping to 29th, Northern Ireland being in 37th place and with the Republic Of Ireland dropping to 52nd.

Gareth Bale

There are a number of reasons as to why Wales have improved. Star man and the world's record signing Gareth Bale has been sensational for Wales throughout the campaign, highlighted by his display and goal in the 1-0 victory over Belgium last month in which he earned his 50th cap for Wales at the age of just 25 years old.

Bale has helped bring a confidence to Wales where they feel that they can beat anyone on their day and if they are to qualify as expected for the European Championships next summer, Wales could surprise a few people.

Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman deserves an enormous amount of credit for what he has achieved since arriving as Wales manager in January 2012. He has organised and put together a great squad and with the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and captain Ashley Williams, Wales have to now make sure they continue to improve and do not let this top ten ranking go to their heads.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has spoken of his pride of what the nation has achieved as of late, but has claimed they must now push on to make sure they qualify.

Coleman has been quoted by Wales Online as saying: “I’m extremely proud.

"It’s something that’s never been achieved before and it reflects the hard work that has been done. People talk about the Belgium and Israel wins but it reflects on the last two years of hard work done by everyone; players, staff and Welsh public and the spirit we have and the talent on the pitch that is there for everyone to see.

“We are not there by default; we’ve worked extremely hard on every level. We’re now seen as a top ten team and it’s up to us how long we can stay there but it’s a great achievement.

“But the real achievement will be qualifying for France. We’ve put ourselves in a great position and we have a lot of confidence and belief we can keep going.”

Wales' good form and recent World Ranking means that they will be in the pot with the top seeds when the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw takes place on July 25 in St Petersburg.

Future is bright for Wales

This would be a proud moment for Wales who for so long have found themselves in one of the lesser pots, this will give them a great chance of receiving an easier and more straight-forward group than they have ever had before.

Things are looking up for the Welsh football team, they are currently sitting in first place in their European Championship qualifying group, three points ahead of Belgium in second place and five points ahead of Israel in third.

With just four qualifiers left to play, Wales have a fantastic chance of qualifying, if they can stick together and keep putting together decent results, there is no reason as to why Wales cannot cement their position in FIFA's World Ranking's top ten.

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