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Wednesday, 18 September, 2002, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Rankings boost for in-form Wales
Ryan Giggs and Robbie Savage put Finalnd's Jari Litmanen under pressure
Wales have moved up 24 places since January
Wales have moved up 13 places in the latest Fifa world rankings following their recent good form.

Mark Hughes' side moved up from 89th to 76th thanks to this month's 2-0 away win over Finland in their opening Euro 2004 qualifier.

Only Libya, who move up 16 places to 104, have made a greater leap than Wales.

Out-of-form Scotland have slipped three places to 63rd and England are back two places to ninth.

The Republic of Ireland drop one place to 14th, while Northern Ireland are now 98th.

Itlay, who play Wales in the next round of Euro 2004 qualifiers in October, are down one place to 10th.


1 (1) Brazil 858 points
2 (4) France 774
= (3) Spain 774
4 (5) Germany 770
5 (2) Argentina 760
6 (6) Mexico 730
7 (11) Turkey 721
8 (9) United States 720
9 (7) England 718
10 (9) Italy 717
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14 (13) Rep Ireland 701
63 (60) Scotland 518
76 (89) Wales 487
98 (90) N Ireland 420


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