US move up one place in latest FIFA rankings; Wales the big winners

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On Thursday the latest FIFA World Rankings were released, as the U.S. national team moved up a place following their recent win against the Czech Republic.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s men jumped up to 17th, as they are the third-highest ranked CONCACAF team with Mexico in 16th spot and Costa Rica 15th. Elsewhere in CONCACAF, Guatemala jumped an incredible 77 places to 57th, while Panama are 55th and Honduras are in 56th. Canada moved up two places to 120, as they recorded their first victory in nearly two years earlier this month.

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One of the big movers was Wales, as the Gareth Bale inspired nation soared up 12 places to joint-29th with Scotland. That ranking is Wales’ highest position in over 20 years.

In the top 10 Colombia, Brazil and France all moved up one place each, as Los Cafeteros are up to third place, with 2014 World Cup winners Germany occupying top spot and Argentina in second.

Below is the list of the top 20 in full, while you can find the entire rankings list right here.

FIFA World Rankings – September 18

1. Germany
2. Argentina
3. Columbia
4. Netherlands
5. Belgium
6. Brazil
7. Uruguay
8. Spain
9. France
10. Switzerland
11. Portugal
12. Chile
13. Italy
14. Greece
15. Costa Rica
16. Mexico
17. United States
18. England
19. Croatia
20. Algeria