Wales one behind Brazil in Fifa rankings; Northern Ireland 35th

Wales team, including Gareth Bale
Wales are edging towards qualification for Euro 2016, which would be their first major tournament since 1958

Wales are one place behind Brazil after reaching an all-time high of eighth in the Fifa world football rankings.external-link

They stay above England, who remain at 10th; while Northern Ireland move up six places to 35th.

It is a six-year high for the Northern Irish, while Scotland are down nine to 40th and the Republic of Ireland slip three places to 54th,

World Cup winners Germany have moved back into second place in the rankings behind Argentina.

The new list takes into account the Euro 2016 qualifiers in September.

Wales won in Cyprus before a home draw with Israel brought them closer to qualification for their first major tournament since 1958.

Austria are celebrating their highest-ever placing at 11 after sealing a place at Euro 2016, while the biggest mover is Liberia, rising 65 places to 95.

Fifa rankings 01 Oct 2016

Fifa rankings top 10

1 Argentina, 2 Germany, 3 Belgium, 4 Portugal, 5 Columbia, 6 Spain, 7 Brazil, 8 Wales, 9 Chile, 10 England

Selected others

17 Italy, 22 France, 35 Northern Ireland, 40 Scotland, 54 Republic of Ireland

How are the rankings calculated?
A team's total number of ranking points over a four-year period is determined by adding the average number of points gained from matches during the past 12 months and the average number of points gained from matches older than 12 months. Points are determined by a formula based on the match result, the importance of the match, the strength of the opposition and the strength of the confederation.
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