Wales rise in world rankings 45 places to 45th

Wales have leapt up 45 places in the Fifa world rankings to 45th place following back-to-back wins.

The victories over Switzerland and Bulgaria in the Euro 2012 qualifiers have propelled Wales to their best place in 17 years when they were 41st.

Gary Speed's side are six places above Scotland with Northern Ireland 84th. England are up one place to seventh.

It is a major turnaround after Wales slipped to 117th in the August rankings below Azerbaijan, Guatemala and Guyana.