Fifa rankings: Wales drop below England to 15th

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Wales fell seven places a month after reaching their highest-ever ranking

Wales have dropped out of the top 10 in the Fifa world football rankings despite qualifying for Euro 2016.

Chris Coleman's side fell to 15th from an all-time high of eighth in October.

Northern Ireland are up six places to 29th, two below their highest ranking, after also qualifying for Euro 2016.

England move up one place to ninth, Scotland fall four places to 44th, while Belgium top the rankingsexternal-link for the first time in their history, ahead of Germany and previous leaders Argentina.

Republic of Ireland, who face a Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia-Herzegovina, rose 12 places to 42nd.

Wales qualified for their first major tournament since 1958 despite a 2-0 defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina last month, before beating Andorra.

Fifa rankings top 10

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

Selected others

16 Netherlands, 24 France, 29 Northern Ireland, 42 Republic of Ireland, 44 Scotland

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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