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World Cup qualifiers

Germany take on the Republic of Ireland in their penultimate World Cup qualifier on Friday and a win will see the three-times champions book their place at next year’s finals.

However Joachim Loev will be without a host of first team players including Marco Reus, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose, Marcel Schmelzer and Lukas Podolski.

To top Group C Germany need two points from their last two games against Ireland and four days later against Sweden who take on second place Austria on Friday.

Belgium captain Vincent Kompany has been ruled through injury as his side take on Croatia in Group A.

The talented but injury hit Belgian’s top the group with a five-point advantage over second-placed Croatia and a draw in Zagreb would mean they reach their first finals in 12 years.

Striker Christian Benteke is also out but Man United midfielder Marouane Fellaini could feature as an operation on his injured wrist has been put back until December.

Bottom of the table Wales take on Macedonia in the other Group A fixture on Friday.

Third-placed Denmark will look to boast their playoff chances from Group B when they host already-qualified Italy but Bulgaria will fancy their chances of cementing second place when they face lowly Armenia.

The Netherlands have qualified already heading into their tie with Hungary who are second in Group D – Turkey and Romania – will have their sights firmly fixed on that spot when they play Estonia and Andorra respectively.

Victory in Albania for leaders Switzerland will book their ticket to the Brazil finals next summer.

Iceland and Slovenia play Cyprus and Norway both still in with a shot at winning the group if the Swiss slip up.

If Russia beat lowly Luxembourg and Israel draw or beat Portugal, Fabio Capello will take a second country to the finals in his career.

Victory for Israel will take the playoff battle with Portugal to Tuesday.

It’s neck and neck between Bonsia and Greece in group G, but the Balkan state plays minnows Lichtenstein whilst the Euro 2004 winners face a tricky test against Slovakia.

It’s crunch time for Roy Hodgson’s England who need two wins from the two Wembley matches with Montenegro and Poland to guarantee automatic qualification.

Reigning champs Spain need four points from their final two matches to go through.

They play Belarus on Friday and finish off with Georgia on Tuesday when rivals France take on Finland.

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