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Wales up to record high of 8th in football world rankings

Wales' footballers have moved up to an all-time high of 8th in the latest FIFA world rankings.

The news comes as Chris Coleman prepares to name his squad later today for their last two Euro 2016 qualifying games, needing just a point to secure their place at a first major tournament finals since 1958.

Wales are two places above England - and now just one behind Brazil. Credit: FIFA

The rankings rise from 9th to 8th is reward for a 1-0 victory over Cyprus and a 0-0 draw with Israel at the start of September - as Wales moved even closer to qualification for next summer's European Championships, but couldn't quite finish the job.

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Coleman should be able to name a strong squad to travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday 10 October, and finish the campaign at home against Andorra on Tuesday 13 October.

There were concerns over Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, but the 26-year-old posted a video at the weekend of himself 'stepping up the recovery' from a calf injury.

Full time: Carlisle 0-1 Newport

Full time and Newport County have beaten Carlisle United away at Brunton Park.

Tyler Blackwood scored the winner with a header in the 67th minute. He's The striker is on a one month emergency loan to the side from London's Queens Park Rangers.

It's Newport's first win of the season. They currently sit bottom of the table in League Two .


Full time: Southampton 3-1 Swansea

Full time and Swansea lose 3-1 against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium in the Premier League.

The Swans trailed behind with 3-0 until Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty in the 82nd minute.

Full time: Cardiff 2-1 Charlton

Cardiff City win 2-1 against Charlton in the Championship.

The Bluebirds scored both goals in the second half with one from Joe Mason in the 51st minute and a header from Sean Morrison in the 75th.


Full time: Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Newport County

Newport County drew 0-0 at Dagenham and Redbridge in League Two, as their poor start to the season continued.

Lenell John-Lewis had Newport's best chance in the first half, while visiting goalkeeper Joe Day denied Dagenham's Jamie Cureton late on.

The result leaves Newport still without a win, having earned just two points from eight games, and sitting at the bottom of the table.

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