Poll: Are Wales really better than England at football?


Wales are ranked higher than England for the first time in their history after the Three Lions dropped to 10th place in the latest Fifa standings.

Chris Coleman’s side are currently ranked ninth – their highest ever position – one place above England and behind Chile.

The ranking system has its detractors and Coleman has expressed his displeasure at the fact his side have been hammered for low rankings in the past but are not getting the plaudits now.

“We’ve been low in the rankings and had that rubbed in our face many a time,” he said.

“Now we’re doing very well, certain people want to say the rankings are this and they’re that, but the players deserve it.”

The Wales manager may well think his side’s lofty position is justified but are Wales really better England?

That’s what we’re asking you in the below poll but here’s some stats before you make up your mind.

– Wales haven’t beaten England since 1984, admittedly only five meetings ago…

– Since the World Cup (which Wales didn’t qualify for) Coleman’s side have won four and drawn two of their European qualifiers.

– In that time Roy Hodgson’s side have won all six of theirs, conceding just three goals in the process.

– 10 of the players in the current Wales squad ply their trade outside of the top flight, whereas just one Englishman – third choice ‘keeper Tom Heaton of Burnley – fits that mould.

– Wales recently beat Belgium who are ranked second in the world behind Argentina.

– Wales have Gareth Bale – England don’t!

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.