Euro 2016 qualifiers: Cyprus v Wales
Venue: GSP Stadium, Nicosia Kick-off: 19:45 BST, Thursday, 3 September
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru and online.
Wales are set to be ranked above England in the Fifa world list for the first time ahead of Thursday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus.
Wales will hold on to their
while England are set to drop to 10th.
Beating Cyprus in Nicosia would leave Wales within one victory of qualifying for Euro 2016.
“It’s [the rankings] a confidence boost,” said Wales manager Chris Coleman.
“Because we’ve been low in the rankings and had that rubbed in our face many a time.
“Now we’re doing very well, certain people want to say the rankings are this and they’re that but the players deserve that.
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“But at the same time, the rankings are not going to get us to France.
“We need to do something no one’s done. Success is getting to France.”
Wales moved up to a new high of ninth place in the Fifa world rankings in August, rising above the likes of the Netherlands and former world champions Spain.
Wales were as low as 117th as recently as August 2011.
Coleman’s side beat Belgium in a Euro 2016 qualifier in June, which resulted in a leap into the top 10 of the rankings for the first time since they were introduced in 1993.
Wales are three points clear at the top of Group B with four games remaining as they bid to reach their first major finals since 1958.
If Wales beat Cyprus and then secure another three points in the following game at home to Israel on Sunday, it will send Wales through to the finals in France.
England are top of their Euro 2016 qualifying group with a 100% record and face San Marino on Saturday.
Source: BBC Football Read Original Article: Wales above England for first time