Laurence Griffiths

UEFA 2014 World Cup qualifying: England, Russia, Bosnia and Spain are all Brazil-bound

There weren't any surprises in Tuesday's World Cup qualifying -- everyone at the top of their group going into the last matchday closed out their campaigns successfully to secure a place at next summer's World Cup.

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Arsenal are calling Dortmund to London

The Gunners can take firm control of Group F at the halfway point of the group stage with a win at home over last year's runner-up Borussia Dortmund.

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UEFA playoffs set for final four World Cup spots

The final four teams from Europe to make the World Cup will be determined by four two-legged playoffs in November.

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UEFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap: The final day

The final automatic qualification places in UEFA have been claimed, all eight places in the playoff round are taken. After a long campaign, World Cup qualifying in Europe is nearly complete.

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France win, but are still playoff-bound

Karim Benzema finally scored, but it didn't matter for a France team that is playoff-bound.

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Spain will look to defend their World Cup title

Spain saw off a tough challenge from France to win Group I and secured their chance to defend their 2010 World Cup title.

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Spain beat Georgia, clinch World Cup spot

There were no surprises in Albacete, where Spain confirmed their place at next summer's World Cup with a comfortable win over Georgia.

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Three Lions are Brazil bound

Wayne Rooney and Stephen Gerrard struck as England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley, securing an automatic berth in next summer's World Cup.

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England book their place in Brazil

England will play in the World Cup for the fifth straight time after they held off the Ukraine in Group H.

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Italy-Armenia draw benefits neither side

Italy and Armenia ended all square in Naples, ultimately resulting in no gains for either country. But hey, it was a fairly entertaining match, so there's that.

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Germany and Sweden go goal crazy

Sweden and Germany had nothing to play for, so didn't bother to do too much defending as the goals flowed freely in a German victory in Stockholm, with Chelsea's Andre Schurrle bagging a hat trick in the process.

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Czech Republic end Bulgaria's slim playoff hopes

Bulgaria's slim hopes of making the playoff round were dashed as they fell 1-0 to the Czech Republic.

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Bosnia book tickets to Brazil

Lithuania gave the visitors a tough time, but in the end Vedad Ibisevic's goal was enough to put Bosnia through to their first ever World Cup as an independent nation.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina are in the World Cup

For the first time since the team's founding in 1992, Bosnia and Herzegovina have qualified for the World Cup.

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Russia qualify for World Cup 2014

Russia's 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan is enough to see them book their place at Brazil 2014.

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Portugal win, end up in playoffs anyway

No surprises here: Portugal cruised past Luxembourg, but were unable to knock Russia off the top spot in Group F.

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Russia get the result they needed over Azerbaijan

Russia got the result they needed, drawing against Azerbaijan and securing an automatic qualifying place for next summer in Brazil.

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England vs. Poland: Lineups

Roy Hodgson adds Manchester United duo Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling to his team to take on Poland as England face a must-win game at Wembley.

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England need another win against Poland

England will need a victory against Poland to be assured of a place in the World Cup in 2014, having done half the job against Montenegro on Friday.

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Armenia in town to crash Azzurri party

There is still a chance, albeit a small one at best for Armenia to make the World Cup playoffs.

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Greek fate in the balance

Greece could be with touching distance to reach next summer's showpiece, but they will need some help from Lithuania.

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Pride at stake as Sweden host Germany

Sweden and Germany have nothing other than pride to fight for on Tuesday, though if the reverse fixture is anything to go by, this game should still be worth watching.

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Turkey look to clinch playoff spot vs Netherlands

Turkey still have a playoff spot to play for, and host a Netherlands side who've already booked their World Cup place on Tuesday.

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Luxembourg should prove no match for Portugal

Portugal should have no problems seeing off Luxembourg on Tuesday, though it's unlikely they'll improve on their current playoff position.

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France cling to faint hope of overtaking Spain

France have guaranteed themselves at least a playoff position, though need a miracle if they're to overtake Spain and qualify for Brazil 2014 automatically.

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Czechs hope to cash in against Bulgaria

Bulgaria hold a slender advantage over the Czech Republic coming into the final round of World Cup qualifiers. Victory for either side doesn't necessarily guarantee a playoff place.

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La Roja have a point to prove

Barring an unlikely collapse, Spain should qualify for the World Cup ahead of second placed France.

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Russia only need a draw in Azerbaijan

A draw away in Azerbaijan is all Russia need to guarantee themselves a place at next year's World Cup.

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UEFA qualifying still a bit of a mess

There's a whole lot of nonsense going on with the UEFA playoff system. Hopefully the end result is reasonable, but there's a good chance that someone's going to get jobbed and end up very, very mad.

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