Wales have continued their remarkable climb up the FIFA world rankings by breaking into the top 10 for the first time.
The Dragons, who were as low as 117th in August 2011, are now just one place below England, who have themselves moved up six spots following an unbeaten campaign.
Speaking to BBC Sport, assistant boss Osian Roberts said: "It's a remarkable achievement but it's testimony to all the hard work the players have put in.
"They turn up for every camp, they work hard and buy into the game plan. They deserve every credit us where we are in terms of the rankings although we are fully aware in many ways it counts for nothing - it's about qualifying."
Elsewhere, beaten Copa America finalists Argentina top the rankings, ahead of Germany, Belgium, Colombia and the Netherlands.