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World Cup - Football: Who has qualified and who needs what in WCQ?

The groups stages for World Cup have been drawn, but while the likes of England, France and Brazil can plan for Qatar, the European champions Italy have missed out for the second straight tournament.

We now know all 32 teams who wll play at World Cup 2022, with the Azzurri the major casualties from the March playoffs.

For any queries you have ahead of the World Cup, be sure to check out our All You Need to Know page.

Winning the group crucial

Each European qualifying group offered up one direct route through to next year's winter competition, with the section winners guaranteed a spot, while the 10 runners-up join two Nations League teams in the play-offs, where a further three berths are up for grabs.

England through in style

England ensured that they finish top of Group I by dishing out a 10-0 thrashing to San Marino, with skipper Harry Kane netting four times for a Three Lions outfit who are now priced at 7/1 to win the World Cup in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Scotland claimed a sixth straight win by defeating previously perfect Denmark 2-0 to secure a home tie in the first round of the playoffs but froze on the night, losing at home to Ukraine.

Wales may not have won against world number-one ranked Belgium in their final qualifier, but their point was enough to seal a playoff spot behind the Red Devils, who had already taken top spot in Group E. After beating Austria 2-1, they squeezed past Ukraine to earn a first World Cup appearance since 1958.

European champions fall short

Portugal conceded a last-gasp winner at home to Serbia, with an Aleksandar Mitrovic goal enough to give the Serbs top spot in Group A and condemn the Selecao to the longer route to the finals. However, after beating Turkey 3-1, Fernando Santos' men edged out North Macedonia 2-0 to seal their spot.

Italy were held to a goalless draw in Northern Ireland, a result which allowed Switzerland to secure the honours in Group C thanks to a 4-0 thumping of Bulgaria. Disaster then struck as a late Aleksandar Trajkovski strike saw them crash out against the North Macedonians.

Poland have also qualified, seeing off Sweden on 29th March.

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Spain and Croatia squeeze through

2010 World Cup winners Spain booked their passage by edging out Group B runners-up Sweden in their final qualifier, while late drama also saw 2018 finalists Croatia progress - as a late own goal earned them a crucial 1-0 victory at home to Russia.

La Roja are now available at 8/1 to win the World Cup late next year, with Germany - who had long since made sure that they topped Group J - priced at 10/1.

Dutch do enough

Another side who have qualified are The Netherlands, who benefitted from late goals by Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay to beat Norway 2-0 in their final Group G qualifier.

That allowed Turkey to seal the play-off spot ahead of the Norwegians, courtesy of their 2-1 victory in Montenegro.

Meanwhile, in Group D, reigning World Cup holders France - 6/1 to retain their title - had already wrapped up the pool before winning 2-0 in Finland, a result that allowed Ukraine to take second and seal a place in the play-offs.

Brazil book their place with ease

In South America, Brazil have had few problems making sure that they will be in Qatar next year, having won 11 and drawn one in their 12 qualifiers played to date.

Argentina, 10/1 to lift the World Cup for a third time, will join their illustrious neighbours at the finals, with Uruguay and Ecuador also through. However, Chile and Colombia are out and Peru missed out in a playoff to Australia.

Mane through, Salah out

For the second time this year, Senegal got the better of Egypt as Sadio Mane scored the winning penalty in a shoot-out to upset Liverpool colleague Mohamed Salah.

Ghana, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon are also through, while the usual suspects have qualified through the AFC.

Iran, South Korea, Japan and Saudi Arabia have all made it to Qatar, as have Costa Rica who defeated New Zealand 1-0 in the playoffs.

The other North American sides to make it are USA, Mexico and Canada, the latter returning to the tourament for the first time since 1986.

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