Wales are set to rise further in the FIFA World Rankings when they are updated on the October 1st. Chris Coleman's side were outside the World's top 100 in 2011, but in four years have stunned the world to become one of the best sides in Europe.
Largely, this is down to Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale. The forward given a tough time by the Madridistas, a notoriously harsh set of fans. He has, however, had great success in Spain, helping Madrid to la Decima the season before last.
Indeed, Bale's goals will now take Wales from 9th to 8th in the world, with England languishing two spots beneath them in 10th. Chile separate the two home nations in the new rankings.
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Wales have had some fine players over the years; Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy and even George Best, but the current incarnation, boasting Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey and Bale is set to surpass all these greats.
Wales have not qualified for a major tournament for nearly 60 years, but can now do so with a further point in their qualifying group.
Remarkably, they lead Belgium, a side with the mesmeric Eden Hazard, shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois, and a host of other stars. Belgium slip one spot to third in the new rankings, with Germany up to second and Argentina, with Lionel Messi their star, top of the pile.
Wales' impressive form is also in some part thanks to the work of ex-Fulham manager, Chris Coleman.
Coleman has proved himself the perfect fit for this group of players, and the question now is just how far can this young, talented group go - especially at the European Championships in 2016?
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