Saturday’s round of fixtures saw two more sides seal their place at next summer’s World Cup in Russia, taking the tally up to 13 in total, but who are they?
The ‘Super Eagles’ successfully negotiated a group of death containing Cameroon and Algeria to qualify for Russia with a game to spare.
As hosts Russia qualified automatically for the tournament. They beat South Korea 4-2 in their last friendly.
‘La Roja’ cruised to victory over Albania on Friday to book their spot, taking advantage of Italy’s inability to beat Macedonia.
10. Costa Rica
Keylor Navas’ side qualified in dramatic fashion, scoring a 96th-minute equaliser to draw at home to Honduras.
Sebastian Rudy’s stunner helped ‘Die Mannschaft’ to victory over Northern Ireland to book their place at next summer’s tournament. The Germans have won all ine of their qualifiers so far and will rightly go into the tournament as one of the heavy favourites.
Despite qualifying during the last international break, Roberto Martinez’s side haven’t let up, beating Bosnia on Saturday. The Belgians will go into the tournament looking to take full advantage of their ‘Golden generation’.
In an otherwise extremely tight South American qualifying group Brazil cruised to qualification and are the only South American side guaranteed of their place in Russia with just one game to go.
The final team qualified at this point in time is Mexico. Osorio’s men dominated their qualifying group and were among the first teams to qualify for Russia. They will have an idea of what to expect next summer, having also made the trip East for the Confederations Cup during the off-season.
5. Saudi Arabia
The oil-rich country returns to the World Cup after missing out on the last two tournaments. The Saudis featured in four tournaments in a row from USA 94 onwards but were absent in South Africa and Baazil.
The Japanese dominated group B in the Asian qualifying section and will maintain their record of having appeared at every World Cup since France ’98.
Iran cruised through Asian qualifying without too many problems, though few will be expecting them to appear in the latter stages next summer.
2. South Korea
Although they struggled somewhat in qualifying they eventually sealed their place, having become a regular fixture at the World Cup in recent years.
Harry Kane’s late winner against Slovenia helped England seal their place at the World Cup with a game to spare. Despite coming in for criticism back in blighty, England are one of few teams to qualify for the tournament without losing a single game.