The full list of qualifiers is shaping up before the World Cup finals draw in December but there are still nine places up for grabs
After a qualification process involving 209 national teams and lasting more than two years, the list of 32 sides who will be in the December draw for the 2018 World Cup is taking shape. Here is the list of who is in and who could still make it:
Russia qualified automatically as hosts, and were joined by Belgium on 3 September when Roberto Martnezs side beat Greece 2-1 in Piraeus. Belgium finished Group H nine points clear of Greece, who snatched a play-off spot with victory over Gibraltar. The defending champions, Germany, booked their place with a 3-1 win over play-off bound Northern Ireland in Belfast, finishing Group C with 10 wins out of 10.
England were far less spectacular but also went unbeaten in Group F and sealed their trip to Russia with victory over Slovenia on 5 October. Slovakia missed the play-offs as the runners-up with the worst record. Spain, who followed victory in 2010 with an early exit in 2014, were back to their best in racing through Group G, winning nine of their 10 matches as Italy had to settle for the play-offs.
Poland were seeded third in Group E but saw off Romania and second-placed Denmark to reach their first World Cup since 2006. Serbia also emerged from pot three to take an automatic place, edging through with victory over Georgia in their final Group D match. Republic of Ireland will head to the play-offs after their 1-0 win in Cardiff meant they leapfrogged Wales.