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2018 World Cup qualifying - how it works

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup began on March 12, 2015 with preliminary ties between the 12 lowest-ranked nations in Asia.

Chiquito Do Carmo of Timor-Leste had the honour of scoring the very first goal on the road to Russia in a 4-1 victory at home to Mongolia.

There are 31 places up for grabs, joining hosts Russia.



13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018 sees seven groups of six nations and two groups of five. 


 By PA Sport

Jamie Vardy backed by England boss Gareth Southgate to end goal drought

Sir Alex Ferguson says Scotland's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley next month is a must-win game.
Eddie Howe's work at Bournemouth has not gone unnoticed, as Mauricio Pochettino predicts he will one day manage England.

Interim England manager Gareth Southgate has backed Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy to end his worst goal drought for almost two years.

Vardy, 29, has failed to score in his last 10 appearances for club and country -- his worst run since going 23 matches without scoring between September 2014 and March 2015.

The England international, who has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or, has netted just three times this term, having scored 24 times last season as Leicester won the Premier League title.


David Villa impresses Spain coach Julen Lopetegui at New York City FC

After beating Philadelphia, Taylor Twellman says Toronto FC's upcoming tie with NYCFC could be one remembered for years.
Major League Soccer: David Villa (72') DC United 3-1 New York City FC's Arielle Castillo catches up with forward David Villa to get his thoughts on MVP, playoffs and success at NYCFC.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui watched David Villa in action at the weekend and was impressed by the New York City FC star, who is hoping for a recall to La Roja.

Lopetegui travelled to the United States and was in the Yankee Stadium stands on Sunday as Villa's team ended the regular season with a 4-1 home triumph over Columbus Crew.

The 34-year-old Villa, who has not featured for Spain since the 2014 World Cup, scored one goal, set up another and hit the post as his side finished second place in the...

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Robin van Persie honoured for winning 100 caps for Netherlands

Robin van Persie has won a total of 101 caps for Netherlands.

Robin van Persie has been honoured by the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) and UEFA after winning his 100th international cap for Netherlands last year.

Van Persie, 33, racked up his century of caps last October after coming off the bench during Netherlands' 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win in Kazakhstan.

And the Fenerbahce striker's achievement has now been recognised after he received a golden plate from the KNVB as well as a commemorative medal and cap from European football's governing body.

 By Ian Holyman

Thierry Henry: Arsenal's Arsene Wenger too hands-on for England job

Arsene Wenger explains how he survives in 'the jungle' that is management.
Eddie Howe's work at Bournemouth has not gone unnoticed, as Mauricio Pochettino predicts he will one day manage England.

Thierry Henry has told AFP that Arsene Wenger is too "hands on" to give up his job at Arsenal and take charge of a national team.

The Football Association (FA) has yet to appoint a permanent replacement for Sam Allardyce, whose reign as England boss lasted just one game.

Wenger, 67, is currently under contract at Arsenal until the end of the season and has suggested he would be open to the England job should he leave the club.

However, after playing under Wenger for eight years and also working...