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Mike Whalley

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  1. Post update

    The draw for the play-offs is on Friday at 14:00 BST, with the two legged semi-finals in October, and the two-legged final in November.

    Sadly, Wales won't be part of that. Happily, neither will Scotland, as they have qualified automatically.

    England were already through before today - but they suggested they have plenty of strength in depth for the challenge ahead in France.

    Thanks for your company today - and your patience. Sorry for the technical difficulties. I'll see you again soon.

  2. Who's through?

    So we now know the identities of the seven European teams who will be joining hosts France at next year's Women's World Cup.

    They are: England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Spain.

    There will be four teams in the play-offs, from which only one nation will qualify: Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark.

  3. Germany hit eight

    The biggest score of the day came in Group 5. Germany only needed a point in the Faroe Islands to make certain of qualifying. With Iceland failing to win, they didn't even need that as it turned out. In any case, the Germans won 8-0 - having beaten the Faroes 11-0 in the reverse fixture. They finish qualifying as Europe's top scorers, with 38 goals.

    Germany celebrate against the Faroe Islands
  4. Sweden beat Denmark to the punch

    The other result of note today is in Group 4, where Denmark and Sweden faced off against each other for the one automatic qualification spot. Sweden needed a point to claim it, but they got all three, winning 1-0 thanks to Sofia Jakobsson's 46th-minute winner. Denmark go into the play-offs.

  5. Euro champions Netherlands into play-offs

    Elsewhere, the big news is coming in from Oslo, where European champions the Netherlands will have to settle for a place in the play-offs after losing 2-1 to Norway, who qualify at their expense.

    Norway scored twice in the first six minutes through Ingrid Syrstad Engen and Isabell Helovsen - against a team who had not previously conceded a goal during their qualifying campaign. Arsenal's Vivianne Miedema pulled one back for the Dutch, but it was not enough.

    Lieke Martens of The Netherlands
  6. Scotland qualify

    The real drama, though, has come in Shkoder - Scotland have qualified for the Women's World Cup. Jane Ross got the decisive goal as they beat Albania 2-1 - and that was enough, because rivals Switzerland were held to a 0-0 draw to Poland. All the reaction is here.


    Kazakhstan Women 0-6 England Women

    And that is that. A very professional display from England's back-up players - a few of whom might just have increased their chances of more regular games today.

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-6 England Women

    Lucy Staniforth delivers it to the far post, but Beth Mead cannot quite get free of her marker to make a clean connection, and the ball floats wide...

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-6 England Women

    England have one last free-kick here...

  10. All over for Wales

    Wales are out, I'm afraid. They needed Iceland and Belgium both to lose in order to claim one of four play-off places. But Belgium beat Italy 2-1, and Iceland drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic.

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-6 England Women

    Five minutes of stoppage time to add. Time for another?

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-6 England Women

    All Bruton's performance is missing is a goal - and she so nearly gets it here. A great diagonal run from the left tears the home defence to shreds, and she has only the keeper to beat. Oksana Zheleznyak gets a leg to the ball and slows it down, but it's rolling... it's rolling... No! Alexandra Burova gets back to clear the ball off the line. It's very close to crossing, actually.

  13. GOAL - Kazakhstan 0-6 England

    Lucy Bronze

    Not for long, though. England have six! And guess who got the assist?

    Yep, Lauren Bruton again. This time, she shrugs aside Yulia Myasnikova in a race to the byeline - the Kazakhstan centre-back losoks as if she cannot wait to get back to the dressing room - and cuts back from the right for Lucy Bronze to steer in from six yards.

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-5 England Women

    And we now have a repeat of the scoreline we had when the two teams met in the reverse fixture at Colchester last November.

  15. GOAL - Kazakhstan 0-5 England

    Beth Mead

    The outstanding Lauren Bruton is at it again. This time, the Reading forward, back to goal in the centre circle, controls and hooks a superb diagonal pass in one movement, sending Beth Mead in behind home left-back Alexandra Burova to lift the fifth goal beyond Oksana Zheleznyak. I'll be honest, the keeper's decision to come so far off her line did make up Mead's mind for her, but it was still a very tidy first-time finish.

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-4 England Women

    Kazakhstan have offered nothing as an attacking force, but captain Begaim Kirgizbaeva decides to make sure that substitute keeper Carly Telford is on her toes, drifting in a cross-shot from the left that dips just over the bar. Telford had it covered.

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-4 England Women

    Brilliant double save from Oksana Zheleznyak to keep the score down to four - Gabby George had the second effort from almost on the line, and the keeper somehow repelled it.

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    Kazakhstan Women 0-4 England Women

    Another couple of England substitutions to tell you about: Carly Telford has replaced Mary Earps in goal for - that happened between the fourth England goal and the missed penalty - and Toni Duggan is on for Rachel Daly in attack. Kazakhstan have brought on Svetlana Bortnikova and taken off Kamila Kulmagambetova.

  19. Scotland on the brink

    Albania Women 1-2 Scotland Women

    A huge goal in Albania!

    Jane Ross scores for Scotland to put them 2-1 up. Group leaders Switzerland are still being held 0-0 in Poland, so as things stand the Scots will qualify for the World Cup for the first time in their history.

    Twenty minutes to go.


    Kazakhstan Women 0-4 England Women

    Mead not as accurate from the spot as she was early on, striking the post. The keeper was nowhere near it.