FIFA world ranking: Wales form takes them above England in table

Argentina, Belgium and Germany remained in the top three spots in the FIFA World Ranking, while Wales moved ahead of England for the first time.

The top seven teams remain unchanged, with Colombia, Brazil, Portugal and Romania followed by Chile, who have moved up two places to eighth.

Chris Coleman's Wales, who face Cyprus in a Euro 2016 qualifier in Nicosia on Thursday, would be within one win of sealing a place in France next summer if they can take maximum points.

Wales, captained by Gareth Bale, remain ninth in the September edition of the ranking published by world football's governing body -- England are down two places to 10th -- and Coleman described the news as a boost.

He told a prematch news conference: "We've been low in the ranking and had that rubbed in our face many times.

"Now we're doing very well. But at the same time, the ranking is not going to get us to France."

If Wales are successful, it will be their first qualification for a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

The top positions in the table remain unchanged, with Argentina top, Belgium second and Germany in third.

There are no new movements either into or out of the top 10.

Elsewhere, Austria are up to 13th, their best position since the early 1990s, while Mexico remain 26th and United States are up one place to 28th.

Other teams to climb the table are Georgia (147th, up seven places), Panama (59th, up six places) and Cuba (up six places to 113th).