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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals in Russia next year

Final grid for 2018 World Cup Russia
With 32 teams having qualified, the field for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is set.

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is over with the final 32 teams now known. The seeded draw pots can be seen in full here.

Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.

UEFA PLAYOFFS...

 By Ben Gladwell

Italian FA chief Carlo Tavecchio slams Gian Piero Ventura's team selection

Gab Marcotti talks all things Italy, including Tavecchio's role as president and the omissions of Balotelli and Giovinco.
With Serie A fans calling for a strike, Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson delve into Carlo Tavecchio's standing with the Italian FA.

Italian FA president Carlo Tavecchio blamed manager Gian Piero Ventura for getting his team selection wrong as Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Ventura was sacked on Wednesday, 48 hours after Italy missed a World Cup for the first time in six decades.

"It was a technical debacle," Tavecchio told Mediaset's Le Iene programme." It was a technical mistake in how the team was picked.

"I've not slept for four days. We played badly. We needed to get past them [Sweden] -- all 1.90 metres tall...

 By Ben Gladwell

Gian Piero Ventura: 'Difficult days, with deep sorrow' since Italy sacking

Gab Marcotti talks all things Italy, including Tavecchio's role as president and the omissions of Balotelli and Giovinco.
Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio has confirmed that Gian Piero Ventura has been relieved of his duties as Italy head coach.

Gian Piero Ventura said he had endured a difficult week after being sacked as Italy coach following their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Ventura was axed on Wednesday after 15 months in charge following the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden that saw Italy miss their first World Cup in 60 years.

"These have been, and are, difficult days for me, with deep sorrow," the 69-year-old told ANSA on Friday.

"I feel incomplete since I did not reach this objective of the World Cup.

"Managing...

 By Ben Gladwell

Fans want Serie A strike over Italy World Cup failure, says players' boss

With Serie A fans calling for a strike, Steve Nicol and Mark Donaldson delve into Carlo Tavecchio's standing with the Italian FA.
Gab Marcotti explains why he believes Italy's World Cup qualifying failure could factor into Napoli's clash against Milan.
Gab Marcotti talks all things Italy, including Tavecchio's role as president and the omissions of Balotelli and Giovinco.
After a day of reflection, Gab Marcotti returns along with Paolo Bandini to further discuss the fallout of Italy's World Cup qualifying failure.
Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Gab Marcotti and Craig Burley go back and forth on how much Gian Piero Ventura is at fault for Italy missing the World Cup.
Watch the reaction of Italy's players after the four-time world champions missed qualifying for a 15th straight World Cup.

The president of the Italian Professional Footballers' Association (AIC), Damiano Tommasi, says he has been flooded with calls from fans asking him to ballot for a strike in Serie A out of protest at Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio's refusal to resign.

Tommasi left an FIGC meeting on Wednesday when Tavecchio announced he was to fight on amid calls for him to step down following Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.

The former Roma midfielder, who had spells with QPR, Levante...

 By Ben Gladwell

Sweden praise De Rossi for boarding bus to apologise for Italy fans' whistles

After a day of reflection, Gab Marcotti returns along with Paolo Bandini to further discuss the fallout of Italy's World Cup qualifying failure.
Italian Football Federation president Carlo Tavecchio has confirmed that Gian Piero Ventura has been relieved of his duties as Italy head coach.
Relive ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti's passionate response after Italy failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Daniele De Rossi boarded the Sweden bus following Italy's World Cup playoff defeat in Milan on Monday to apologise for the whistles heard during the Swedish national anthem.

Sweden's national anthem was drowned out by whistles from many of the 74,000 fans inside the San Siro. Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon and several other members of the side responded by applauding the anthem in a show of respect.

Humble in defeat, De Rossi boarded Sweden's bus before it departed the San Siro and delivered his...