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England set to host warm-up fixtures against Nigeria and Costa Rica ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018
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England set to host warm-up fixtures against Nigeria and Costa Rica ahead of FIFA World Cup 2018

England will play Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June and Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium on 7 June as they prepare for the World Cup in Russia.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Mile Jedinak guides Australia to Russia with second-half hat-trick against Honduras
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Mile Jedinak guides Australia to Russia with second-half hat-trick against Honduras

Captain Mile Jedinak's second-half hat-trick fired Australia into next year's World Cup in Russia on Wednesday as they swept past Honduras 3-1 in the second leg of their playoff in Sydney

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Post Italy debacle, an interactive look at other top teams who failed to qualify in past
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Post Italy debacle, an interactive look at other top teams who failed to qualify in past

Take a look below to know how often top football countries failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Fans dismayed and in disbelief as Italy fail to qualify for finals
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Fans dismayed and in disbelief as Italy fail to qualify for finals

Italy opted not to play at the first World Cup in 1930 but they have been present at every other edition apart from 1958 when they also failed to qualify.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy fail to make finals for first time in 60 years after goalless draw with Sweden
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy fail to make finals for first time in 60 years after goalless draw with Sweden

It is the third time that the Italians will not compete at the World Cup, after not going to the first edition in 1930 and not qualifying for the 1958 finals in Sweden.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Moroccan fans in Brussels riot after national team seals Russia spot
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Moroccan fans in Brussels riot after national team seals Russia spot

Brussels has a big Moroccan population, many living in the Molenbeek district, which came to international prominence as the home and hideout of planners of the terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Brussels last year.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Gianluigi Buffon says Italy must not panic despite staring at disaster
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Gianluigi Buffon says Italy must not panic despite staring at disaster

Captain Buffon – bidding to reach a record sixth World Cup finals in Russia – is one of the last survivors of Italy's golden generation of 2006 World Cup winners.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Peru struggle to break down New Zealand as match ends in goalless draw
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Peru struggle to break down New Zealand as match ends in goalless draw

Peru, ranked 10th in the world to New Zealand's 122, were the better team but lacked a cutting edge, with the absence of goal-scoring captain Paolo Guerrero.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Northern Ireland livid at Switzerland's controversial goal, Croatia cruise
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Northern Ireland livid at Switzerland's controversial goal, Croatia cruise

Switzerland's winner came from the penalty spot. Xherdan Shaqiri's volley was blocked by Corry Evans in the box and the referee pointed to the spot, even though he appeared to have been hit on the shoulder as he took evasive action.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Unexpected teams, politics, intrigue and drama galore in play-offs
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Unexpected teams, politics, intrigue and drama galore in play-offs

World Cup play-offs invariably feature exhausting journeys with a hostile reception at the end and often produce a volatile clash of vastly differing footballing cultures.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Australia's Aaron Mooy says team will look to build on Syria win against Honduras
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Australia's Aaron Mooy says team will look to build on Syria win against Honduras

Aaron Mooy said that it doesn't matter if it's away or home – they will look to go for the win and hopeful of taking a good result back to Sydney.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy's Gian Piero Ventura believes team will definitely book Russia berth
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Italy's Gian Piero Ventura believes team will definitely book Russia berth

Italy travel to Sweden for the first leg of their play-off on Friday in Stockholm with the return leg in Milan's San Siro on Monday.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Wilfried Zaha to make Ivory Coast debut against Morocco in must-win game
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Wilfried Zaha to make Ivory Coast debut against Morocco in must-win game

Zaha will need to hit the ground running as Ivory Coast have to defeat Morocco in the final qualifying game to ensure a fourth successive World Cup appearance after making the finals in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: US coach Bruce Arena steps down after team's failure to qualify for finals
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: US coach Bruce Arena steps down after team's failure to qualify for finals

Bruce Arena, called upon last November to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as coach of the United States, resigned Friday, three days after the Americans failed to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: US struggle for answers after shock defeat to Trinidad and Tobago
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: US struggle for answers after shock defeat to Trinidad and Tobago

An erratic qualifying campaign for USA that began with losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, followed by the sacking of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, ended in abject failure against Trinidad and Tobago in the Ato Boldon Stadium.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Syria's hopes of making finals bring relief, but reveal divisions among fans
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Syria's hopes of making finals bring relief, but reveal divisions among fans

The prospect of reaching football's World Cup is giving Syrians something else to think about after years of grinding war.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Serbia clinch Russia spot, Ireland's James McClean breaks Welsh hearts
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Serbia clinch Russia spot, Ireland's James McClean breaks Welsh hearts

Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time after beating Kosovo 2-0 on Monday, while Serbia clinched a spot at next year's finals with a 1-0 win over Georgia.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Iceland beat Kosovo to book berth at finals for first time in history
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Iceland beat Kosovo to book berth at finals for first time in history

Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday following a 2-0 win over Kosovo.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Mohamed Salah's brace helps Egypt seal berth after 27-year wait
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Mohamed Salah's brace helps Egypt seal berth after 27-year wait

Mohamed Salah scored from a penalty kick deep into injury time to send Egypt to the World Cup and end a near 30-year wait for Africa's most successful team

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Robert Lewandowski helps Poland qualify; Germany maintain perfect record
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FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Robert Lewandowski helps Poland qualify; Germany maintain perfect record

Robert Lewandowski scored a European qualifying record 16th goal as Poland defeated Montenegro 4-2 on Sunday to reach next year's World Cup, while reigning champions Germany secured a 10th successive win.