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World Cup 2014: Who is going to qualify?

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What rarity is this? An international break with meaningful games? Do my eyes deceive me?

It is of course nearing the end of the long, arduous, tedious…sorry, exciting and exhilarating World Cup qualifying process.

In Europe there are two games remaining for the cream of the crop - and England - to secure their place in Brazil next summer.

With qualifying almost at an end, who is in danger of missing out and who is a sure thing to be going for glory?

Take a look at our European qualifying round up.

Starting with every hipster's favourite national team Belgium, they only need to avoid defeat against Croatia to secure top spot and confine their rivals to the play-offs. Scotland are well out of the running in Group A.

Italy have booked their place in Brazil in Group B, and it's an absolute bun fight for the second spot between Bulgaria and Denmark, while the Czech Republic are in with a sniff along with Armenia, although both of those teams desperately need results to go their way.

If Bulgaria, 2nd with 13 points, beat Armenia on Friday it puts them in pole position with their final game against the Czech Republic. Denmark, a point behind Bulgaria in 3rd, need to win their games against Italy and bottom-of-the-pile Malta, and hope Bulgaria draw at least one game.

The Czechs and Armenians simply have to win both of their games and hope results elsewhere go their way.

Germany have virtually wrapped up top spot in Group C, and Sweden (17 points) will claim 2nd if they beat Austria (14 points). If Austria win it's all down to the last game - Sweden face Germany and Austria will sneak through on goal difference if the Swede's lose and they beat whipping boys the Faroe Islands.

It's a three-way tussle between Hungary (14 points), Turkey and Romania (both 13 points) for second spot behind the Netherlands in Group D, while it's tight in Group E between Iceland (13 points), Slovenia (12 points), and Norway (11 points) behind Switzerland, who are still not assured of qualification.

Portugal are in danger of going into the play-offs once more, while Fabio Capello's Russia will claim top spot if the Iberian's don't get three points against third-placed Israel.

It's all to play for in Group G with Bosnia and Greece both on 19 points - only both of these can still qualify with Bosnia favourites thanks to their game against Liechtenstein while Greece face a tricky tie against Slovakia.

Things are looking tasty in the final two groups - England must get positive results in their home ties against Montenegro and Ukraine -something they failed to do in the corresponding away games.

Both those teams are just a point back from England on 15 points, with Poland lurking on 13 points and with games against England and Ukraine to come.

In the final group Spain and France are neck and neck on 14 points - although the world champions have a game in hand. Only these two teams are in the running and France must hope their Group I rivals drop points for them to stand a chance of going through automatically.

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