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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. 


RB Leipzig's Ralf Rangnick confirms England discussions in the summer

Eddie Howe's work at Bournemouth has not gone unnoticed, as Mauricio Pochettino predicts he will one day manage England.

RB Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick has confirmed he held talks with the Football Association over the England job following Euro 2016, but added that the governing body had wanted to appoint an English manager.

Rangnick was linked with the Three Lions post following Sam Allardyce's exit in September, but reports in Germany claimed that there had been no contact between the 58-year-old and the FA since an interview after the summer's tournament in France.

Speaking to Der Tagesspiegel, Rangnick...

Eddie Howe not too young to be England boss - Mauricio Pochettino

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LONDON -- Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has dismissed the suggestion that Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is too young to take the England job, saying younger coaches can relate better to players.

Howe, 38, has been mooted as a permanent successor to Sam Allardyce after helping Bournemouth from League Two to the Premier League over two spells and keeping the Cherries in the top flight last season.

Ahead of his side's match at Bournemouth on Saturday, Tottenham boss Pochettino, 44, rejected...

Marcus Rashford at U21 tournament may make 'no sense' - Jose Mourinho

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MANCHESTER -- Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said it "makes no sense" for Marcus Rashford to play in the European Under-21 Championship next summer if he is a regular in the England senior team.

It has been reported that England under-21s hope to take Rashford, 18, to next summer's tournament in Poland, despite the fact that he has won five caps for the senior side.

"The reports didn't arrive at my office, so we don't know," Mourinho told a news conference.

"We are in mid-October. The...

Gerard Pique: My decision to retire from Spain in 2018 is final

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BARCELONA -- Gerard Pique says his decision to retire from the Spanish national team after the next World Cup is final -- and admits that he was close to giving up football altogether in 2014.

The Barcelona defender announced his retirement earlier this month after Spain's recent win over Albania, when stories surfaced claiming he'd cut the Spanish colours off the sleeves of his shirt.

However, those stories were proven to be misleading, although the damage was done, with Pique confirming that he...