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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.

The draw for the main sections of qualifying takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2015.

EUROPE:

13 places

• European qualifying home page

Qualifying for 2018...

 By PA Sport

Sam Allardyce to be unveiled as England manager at St George's Park

New England manager Sam Allardyce believes the job has come at the right time for him.
England's new manager Sam Allardyce intends to get to know his staff as he settles in at the helm of the national team.
Sam Allardyce is all smiles after being named England manager, a job he says he has waited years for.

Sam Allardyce will be unveiled as the new England manager on Monday after he finally got the job he always craved.

Allardyce, fresh from keeping Sunderland in the Premier League against the odds, was the unanimous choice from the Football Association panel to replace Roy Hodgson, who stepped down after the humiliation of defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

The former Bolton boss, 61, has made no secret down the years that he would like the opportunity at leading England.

Steve McClaren was chosen ahead...

 By PA Sport

Sam Allardyce says he's taking over England at 'right time' of career

New England manager Sam Allardyce believes the job has come at the right time for him.
England's new manager Sam Allardyce intends to get to know his staff as he settles in at the helm of the national team.
Sam Allardyce is all smiles after being named England manager, a job he says he has waited years for.

England manager Sam Allardyce believes he is now the right man in the right job at the right time.

The 61-year-old was appointed as Roy Hodgson's successor last week and will come up against the English press pack on Monday morning for the first time since being handed the reins to the position he has coveted for years.

Having been overlooked a decade ago, the former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland manager has finally landed the big one.

"For me, with my experience, I think...

Will Allardyce's pragmatic approach bring England success?

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno debate whether Sam Allardyce is the right fit for England.

A disastrous and meek second round exit to Iceland in Euro 2016 brought a natural end to Roy Hodgson's reign as England manager. His contract was expiring anyway, but any hope of an extension vanished as soon as that defeat went final. England, once more, failed to prove a sum greater than their parts, and Hodgson's four-year tenure was consigned to history.

That he had presided over not one, but two specifically underwhelming tournaments -- World Cup 2014 was even worse, as England failed to get out of the group -- reflected a change in the status of the role. Previous incumbents would likely have been chased out after that World Cup through media pressure, but Hodgson stayed on. The reason? Then, like now, the list of potential candidates to take over is short and not particularly attractive. A mild public clamour for an Englishman to lead the English national team shrunk a list of candidates even further , and the Football Association stuck to that wish by appointing 61-year-old Sam Allardyce. He has never before found himself seriously considered for a top job, and spells at Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham and Sunderland have usually found him managing in the middle to bottom tier of the Premier League.

Let's take a look at how Allardyce is likely to approach his new role, how his style might fit around personnel and predict how the successful his tenure might be.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sam Allardyce leaves Sunderland to become England manager

Former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been named the new England manager, taking over from Roy Hodgson.
Alison Bender looks at the stats of new England boss, Sam Allardyce, and examines what he can bring to the squad.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno debate whether Sam Allardyce is the right fit for England.
The ESPN FC crew react to the hiring of Sam Allardyce as the new England manager.
Jose Mourinho feels Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job, citing it will be a difficult task for anyone.

Sam Allardyce has left Sunderland to become the new England manager, the Football Association (FA) has announced.

Allardyce, 61, leaves Sunderland to take charge of England as they seek to rebuild after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign that ended with a round-of-16 defeat to tournament debutants Iceland.

He will take charge for England's 2018 World Cup qualifiers, which begin with a trip to Slovakia on Sept. 4.

The FA is reported to have made the decision to appoint Allardyce after Arsenal manager...