Soccer / Football : World Cup 2018
Wilshere ruled out of Italy friendly
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not return to the England squad for Tuesday's international friendly against Italy at Wembley. Wilshere, 26, missed the 1-0 win against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on Friday with a minor knee injury. Liverpool's Joe Gomez will stay with the squad for further assessment on the injury he picked up against the Dutch.
Silva leaves Spain squad for personal reasons
David Silva has been released from the Spain squad for personal reasons and he will not face Argentina at Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday. The midfielder has also spent time away from his club Manchester City this season after his son was born 'extremely' prematurely.
Ozil returns to Arsenal early
Mesut Ozil will miss Germany's friendly with Brazil on Tuesday evening. The Arsenal midfielder played a full game on Friday night as Joachim Low's side registered a 1-1 draw with Spain. After their match in Dusseldorf, Germany's players travelled to Berlin to begin preparations for their friendly against Brazil. But both Ozil and Muller did not board the flight with the rest of their teammates and have returned to their clubs early. The German Football Association has given no indication that Ozil has left the squad due to injury.
Italy waits on Verratti injury
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti will be assessed after picking up an injury during Italy's 2-0 friendly defeat against Argentina in Manchester. Verratti impressed during the Azzurri's first game under interim boss Luigi Di Biagio but limped out of the action after 72 minutes to be replaced by Bryan Cristante. Di Biagio did not confirm the nature of the injury sustained by Verratti, who has a history of groin issues, but his participation in Tuesday's match against England at Wembley is now in doubt.
Davis ruled out of Korea friendly
Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis has been ruled out of Saturday's friendly with South Korea, boss Michael O'Neill has announced. The 101-cap midfielder has missed Saints' last five games with a hamstring injury and has remained in England rather than linking up with his Northern Irish team-mates. Davis was pictured in training with Southampton earlier this week so could be back for Mark Hughes' first Premier League game in charge at West Ham after the international break. O'Neill also has concerns over Niall McGinn, Kyle Lafferty and Stuart Dallas for the game against the South Koreans at Windsor Park.
Wilshere to miss England game
Jack Wilshere will miss England's friendly against Holland on Friday due to injury, manager Gareth Southgate has announced. The Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee problem in training on Thursday morning and did not travel to Amsterdam.
"Nothing too serious. We had the option to bring him here, treat him here and let it settle or keep him at base. We decided to leave him there," Southgate said: "It will be interesting to see how he responds. He was disappointed to pull out of training. It is not something new for him. He has trained well with us this week."
Emre Can out with injury
Emre Can will sit out Germany's friendly with Spain on Friday night due to the back injury that forced his withdrawal against Watford last weekend. The Liverpool midfielder was taken off midway through the first half of the 5-0 win at Anfield but the issue was not deemed serious enough to prevent him from joining up with his country. Can has not recovered sufficiently to participate tomorrow evening but may be back in contention when Joachim Low's side host Brazil in Berlin next Tuesday.
Klopp gives update on Can's injury
Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has made the Germany national team call up despite picking up a back injury against Watford on Saturday. The Reds went onto win the game 5-0 but Can could not complete the game leading to fears he would be removed from the Germany side. Can has however, not been taken off the squad list and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated that he expects to see the midfielder with the Germany setup. "He doesn't think, and I don't think, it is too serious - but it was too serious to continue," Klopp said in his press conference.
|4||Faroe Isl.||9||-12||2-3-5 (10)|
|6||San Mar.||0||-49||0-0-10 (10)|
|Ireland - Denmark||1 : 5 (0:0)|
|Italy - Sweden||0 : 0 (0:1)|
|Switzerl. - N.Ireland||0 : 0 (1:0)|
|Greece - Croatia||0 : 0 (1:4)|
|14.11||Ireland - Denmark||1 : 5|
|13.11||Italy - Sweden||0 : 0|
|12.11||Greece - Croatia||0 : 0|
|12.11||Switzerl. - N.Ireland||0 : 0|
|11.11||Denmark - Ireland||0 : 0|
|10.11||Sweden - Italy||1 : 0|
|9.11||N.Ireland - Switzerl.||0 : 1|
|9.11||Croatia - Greece||4 : 1|
|10.10||France - Belarus||2 : 1|
|10.10||Luxemb. - Bulgaria||1 : 1|
|10.10||Holland - Sweden||2 : 0|
|10.10||Hungary - Faroe Isl.||1 : 0|
|10.10||Latvia - Andorra||4 : 0|
|10.10||Greece - Gibraltar||4 : 0|
|10.10||Belgium - Cyprus||4 : 0|
|10.10||Estonia - Bosnia||1 : 2|
|10.10||Portugal - Switzerl.||2 : 0|
|9.10||Israel - Spain||0 : 1|
|9.10||Moldova - Austria||0 : 1|
|9.10||Iceland - Kosovo||2 : 0|
|9.10||Ukraine - Croatia||0 : 2|
|9.10||Maced. - Liechten.||4 : 0|
|9.10||Serbia - Georgia||1 : 0|
|9.10||Finland - Turkey||2 : 2|
|9.10||Wales - Ireland||0 : 1|
|9.10||Albania - Italy||0 : 1|
|8.10||Slovenia - Scotland||2 : 2|
World Cup 2018 stats
|home wins||47 %|
|away wins||34 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : World Cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since 2006. The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team.
Apart from Russia, a total of 13 slots in the final tournament are available for UEFA teams. The 52 teams will be divided into nine groups to play home-and-away round-robin matches. The winners of each group will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The eight best second-placed teams contested home and away play-off matches for the remaining four places. In determining the best eight second-placed teams, the results against teams finishing last were not counted.
The eight best runners-up will be determined by the following parameters in this order:
- Highest number of points
- Goal difference
- Highest number of goals scored