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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...

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...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Sam Allardyce: Biggest problem for England is the Premier League

ESPN FC's Steve Nicol and Alejandro Moreno debate whether Sam Allardyce is the right fit for England.
Jose Mourinho feels Sam Allardyce is the right man for the England job, citing it will be a difficult task for anyone.
The ESPN FC crew weigh the pros and cons of Sam Allardyce as he looks set to take the England job.

Sam Allardyce has said that England are being held back by the Premier League ahead of his expected appointment in charge of the national side this week.

Allardyce, who is set to be made England manager, made the claim in an extract from a new book about the national team, "Fifty Years of Hurt," serialised in The Times.

The Sunderland boss was interviewed for the England position in 2006 but lost out to Steve McClaren.

Now, though, Allardyce is on the cusp of becoming the new national team manager...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Julen Lopetegui hopes to usher in new era as Spain coach

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno says expectations for Spain's new manager are so high Julen Lopetegui has big shoes to fill.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes breaks down Spain's new managerial appointment of Julen Lopetegui.

Newly named Spain coach Julen Lopetegui said he plans to build upon the groundwork already laid by outgoing manager Vicente del Bosque but with an eye to the future and the challenges the team face.

Spain's football federation named Lopetegui as the new coach on Thursday for a two-year term, replacing Del Bosque. His first match will be Spain's friendly in Belgium on Sept. 1. Four days later, Spain begin their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a home match against Liechtenstein.

Del Bosque...