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Sebastian Giovinco says he has not yet given up hope of earning a recall to the Italy squad and has defended the competitiveness of MLS.
Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Fabian, 28, underwent surgery in August after missing parts of the 2016-2017 season.
Italy's tie vs. Sweden is the pick of the World Cup playoffs while Northern Ireland could spring an upset against Switzerland, writes Nick Miller.
Italy have been drawn against Sweden in the European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup, while the Republic of Ireland will meet Denmark.
The Socceroos have jumped seven places in FIFA's world rankings to 43rd after their World Cup qualification victory over Syria.
FIFA has confirmed the seven highest-ranked nations joining hosts Russia as the top-seeded teams in the World Cup draw.