Wales now sit in second place in their group and could qualify for the 2018 World Cup via the playoffs, and having a higher Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking will play an advantage for the nation as it will decide if they are seeded or not.
FIFA announced their latest rankings today and England are no longer Britain's best football team according to the stats with Chris Coleman's Wales team now two places above them.
Last week, FIFA said it would review its ranking system "after the completion of qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup" to see if any changes can be made "to improve the ranking".
Netherlands are now 29th in the new Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings which were released on Thursday morning. However, their last two qualifying matches - against Iran on August 31 and Uzbekistan on September 5 - ended in scoreless draws.
Brazil beat Ecuador in their first Qualifier but they were then held to a 1-1 draw with Colombia and that allowed Germany to replace them at the top.
Current European champions Portugal climbed three rungs to the third spot while Argentina dropped one spot to the fourth position.
Of the seven, the lowest-ranked nation are Paraguay at 39th in the world.
That ranking is the highest-ever for Syria.
The former African champions rose from 96th to 78th following back-to-back victories over formidable Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers.