Reigning World Champions and 1966 World Cup winners Germany and England have both qualified for the Russia 2018 World Cup after winning against Northern Ireland and Slovenia respectively while Argentina hopes of qualifying were handed a major doubt after a barren draw with Peru.
Germany and England become eight and ninth team to qualify for the World Cup joining hosts Russia, Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia. Russia qualified for the World Cup by virtue of being the host nation without going through the qualifying phase. Germany are on course to defend their 2014 title that was clinched in Brazil after a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast, the win extended an excellent Germany away record of going 83 years and 48 matches without a loss.
England are also in fine form in the qualifying stages going 17 years without a loss with the last loss coming against Germany in 2000. England booked a ticket to Russia with a labored 1-0 win over Slovenia with Harry Kane firing the host ahead in the dying minutes of the game. Kane continued his impressive streak in front of goal as he has now scored 14 goals in the past nine games. The game marked a good return for England number one Joe Hart who was named man of the match after a string of spectacular saves.
World Cup 2018 is set to be without arguably the world’s best player, Lionel Messi with Argentina on course of crushing out the World Cup qualifiers after a 0-0 draw with Peru which pushed them out of the qualifying slots with them now occupying the six place. The top four teams qualify automatically while the fifth place team qualifies for the inter-confederation play-offs. Argentina have to beat the already eliminated Ecuador on Tuesday 10th of October if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the showpiece.
The last time the Albiceleste failed to qualify for a FIFA World Cup was back in 1970.