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Summary

  1. England qualify after late Kane winner
  2. Last-gasp Scotland win keeps play-off hopes alive
  3. Germany beat Northern Ireland to seal World Cup place
  4. GET INVOLVED: Your thoughts on the performances of the home nations #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    And that's where we leave you on our international round-up, many thanks for being with us this morning. BBC Wales will have their live text from Georgia building up to the 17:00 BST kick-off but, from us, cheerio now.

  2. Who has qualified for the World Cup so far?

    We now know 10 of the 32 nations that will be playing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    They are...

    Hosts: Russia.

    South America: Brazil.

    Asia: Iran, Japan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea.

    North / Central America: Mexico.

    Europe: Belgium, England, Germany.

    World Cup
    Image caption: Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russia president Vladimir Putin pose with the World Cup trophy
  3. Live Wales commentary

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    You can listen to live commentary of the key Wales game in Georgia on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 16:55 BST.

  4. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher from 19:00 BST will react to that Wales 17:00 BST kick-off in Georgia as part of the Friday Football Social, featuring Owen Hargreaves, Pat Nevin and Darius Vassell.

  5. Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport

    Wales manager Chris Coleman and Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill

    Chris Bevan

    BBC Sport

    Former Wales striker John Hartson and ex-Republic of Ireland winger Kevin Kilbane on what will decide the battle for runners-up spot in Group D.

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  6. Ivory Coast aim for fourth successive World Cup

    The Ivory Coast could move closer to World Cup qualification tonight if they win their tie away in Mali (20:00 BST).

    The side have played in the last three tournaments and their squad currently includes five British-based players - Serge Aurier (Tottenham), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Lamine Kone (Sunderland), Wilfried Bony (Swansea) and Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

    Ivory Coast have two qualifiers left and are currently one point clear of second-placed Morocco, who entertain Gabon tomorrow, with only the group winners advancing to Russia.

    Serge Aurier
    Image caption: Tottenham's Serge Aurier perfects the balancing-the-ball-on-the-head-trick during training
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    SMS Message: England tickets on sale? I wouldn’t have one as a gift from Frammie
    Frammie
  8. Four countries still hopeful in Group I

    The hardest of the European World Cup qualifying groups to call is Group I, with Croatia, Iceland, Turkey and Ukraine all in with a chance of topping the group with two games remaining.

    Tonight's matches (all 19:45 BST) are: Croatia v Finland, Kosovo v Ukraine and Turkey v Iceland.

    The last games in the group are on Monday, 9 October and they are: Finland v Turkey, Iceland v Kosovo and Ukraine v Croatia.

    Group I
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    Jonathan Williams: It used to be a great sales incentive for our customers to use our corporate tickets to see England home games, not sure now!

  10. Spain closing in on Russia spot

    It all looks quite straightforward in World Cup Qualifying Group G, with 2010 World Cup winners Spain looking set to qualify as group winners.

    A win tonight at home to Albania (19:45 BST) will practically be enough, as they have a far superior goal difference and better head-to-head record against second placed Italy, who look destined for the play-offs. Italy have a home game tonight against Macedonia (also 19:45 BST).

    Group G
  11. Play-off permutations

    Well Bernadette at the moment that unfortunate team would be Wales. With results against the bottom teams in the group not counting towards determining the eight best second-placed teams, Wales are the team in ninth place, behind Bosnia & Herzegovina on goal difference.

    But Chris Coleman's team can change all that in their final two matches, starting against Georgia this evening.

    Here is the specific play-off table after Thursday's matches:

    Played Goal difference Points

    Portugal 6 +18 15

    Denmark 7 +7 13

    Northern Ireland 7 +5 13

    Italy 6 +3 13

    Iceland 7 +3 13

    Scotland 7 -1 11

    Sweden 6 +3 10

    Bosnia & H 6 +2 8

    Wales 6 +1 8

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    Bernadette: Scotland setting themselves up for late heartbreak, knowing our luck we'll be the 2nd placed team not to make the play-offs.

  13. Own goal hall of shame

    Now remember when we said Martin Skrtel was a heavy hitter in the own goals stakes? He scored seven in the Premier League but former Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne holds the second with 10.

    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher scored seven, with Everton's Phil Jagielka one of three players on six.

  14. Wales and Republic hoping for Serbia slip

    It is a big night for both Wales and the Republic of Ireland in World Cup Qualifying Group D.

    Only the group winners automatically qualify for the World Cup in Russia, with the eight best runners-up from the nine European groups going to the play-off phase.

    Wales are in action first in Georgia (17:00 BST), before the Republic of Ireland entertain Moldova (19:45 BST). Both Wales and the Republic of Ireland will be hoping group leaders Serbia slip-up away at Austria (19:45 BST).

    The final matches in the group take place on Monday, 9 October with Serbia at home to Georgia and Wales playing the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff.

    Group D
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    Chris Jenkins: Southgate is clearly out of his depth. He needs replacing. Ancellotti, Benitez, Dyche, Howe. Allardyce again. Anyone. PLEASE!!

  16. Glenn defends England display

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    Well despite the suggestions from Phil Neville, Martin Glenn has been commenting on the England team again this morning and has attempted to deflect despair at the performance against Slovenia last night.

    Asked about the negative response from fans he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "Well, in football there’s never one opinion 100% that people have. Look, it was the right result, it wasn’t the prettiest of games I accept that. It’s a young team, if you look at the average age of teams who win the World Cup we’re about three to four years younger than that.

    "So we’ve got a nucleus of a young and very talented team, they’re still learning and qualification is a difficult thing and not all teams do it. Go ask the Dutch team."

    Wembley
    Image caption: Will there be even more empty seats at the next England match?
  17. 'Leave it to Gareth Southgate'

    In this 5 live clip, former England defender Phil Neville and 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis criticise FA chief executive Martin Glenn for comments such as "England players do not travel well."

    Neville says: "I don't think he should be commenting on the football side, I think he should leave it to Gareth Southgate."

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    Video caption: Phil Neville has hits back at Martin Glenn’s criticisms of the national side.
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    Nopta Joe: So when a top domestic team grinds out a 1-0 win it's 'a sign of champions' but when England do it, we're awful?

  19. International newspapers

    El Universal (Colombia)

    Colombia's World Cup fortunes make the front page of newspaper El Universal, with the paper saying their task is "complicated".

    It looked straight forward as a goal from ex-Manchester United and Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao gave them a 1-0 lead in their home game against Paraguay, a result that would have taken them to Russia.

    However, Colombia then conceded two goals in the last two minutes to leave their fans sweating. They are fourth at the moment and need to win their last qualifier - away at Peru on Wednesday (00:30 BST) to qualify.

    El Universal