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Another international tournament campaign. Another disappointment for the majority of the Home Nations.

England are the only British side that can qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the wait for the likes of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to make it to a major tournament goes on.

But will we see a home nation other than England qualify for tournament in the near future?

For Wales, the wait goes on and on. The 1954 World Cup is still the only tournament the nation has qualified for, and it was another campaign to forget.

It has been a difficult time for Wales, suffering with the loss of manager Gary Speed to suicide, it was always going to be a big ask for them to make it to Brazil.

The positives however, are the young squad they have. They have the world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale, and the likes of Aaron Ramsey, who has been on fire for goals this season.

They have the potential to lead Wales into the European Championships in 2016, but they must improve in all departments. The retirement of Craig Bellamy will hit Wales hard, and they will miss his experience,

The future of manager Chris Coleman is yet to be decided. He has had to try and control his Welsh players following the tragic loss of Speed, and he still has a lot to give.

As for Scotland, changes have been aplenty. Gordon Strachan replaced Craig Levin mid-way through the qualification campaign, and there are already signs of improvement.

They secured a superb 1-0 win in Croatia, although it was too late for the Scot's to qualify. Scotland also nearly stunned England in a friendly at Wembley in August.

But they have also had to contend with the retirement of one of their star players - Kenny Miller. His goal record was good, and he also had a lot of experience.

But the likes of Jordan Rhodes will be able to step up and score goals - he already has three goals for them - and could be crucial in the Euro 2016 campaign.

In Strachan they have a good experienced manager, who is passionate about his national side.

They have finished this campaign stronger than they started, and have a good chance of doing well next time.

Northern Ireland have had another tough campaign, facing Russia and Northern Ireland. They nearly recorded a famous win over Portugal, but lost 4-2.

However, the squad doesn't look strong enough, and it looks like it could be another frustrating campaign.

Finally, the Republic of Ireland. They will look at this campaign as one that could have been so much more for them.

They started their group well, but three successive defeats on the bounce, and the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni, have left Ireland frustratingly out of the reckoning.

They have a good enough squad to qualify, and if they can get a experienced manager in - someone like Martin O'Neil - then they have a very good chance of making it to their second successive European Championship.

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