Joe Allen will play in the Confederations Cup if Wales and Germany win their semi-finals

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Joe Allen and Wales could qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.

If Wales can beat Portugal in Wednesday night’s first semi-final, the Germany can overcome hosts France 24 hours later, the Welsh would qualify for the prestigious competition, regardless of what happens in the final.

That’s because Germany have already qualified as World Cup winners.

The Confederations Cup takes place every four years in the same country as the next World Cup. It’s traditionally seen as a World Cup appetizer that allows the hosts to test issues such as transport, accommodation, and ticket distribution.

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It’s an eight-team competition that sees the host country join up with the World Cup winners, UEFA champions, AFC champions, CONCACAF champions, CONMEBOL champions, OFC champions, and CAF champions.

So far, Germany, Mexico, Russia, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand have qualifed for the 2017 event.

It was also revealed Wales will be at least sixth in the next FIFA rankings, up from a lowly 117th in August 2011. (via Independent)

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