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England 1-33 to qualify for Russia World Cup

Three Lions need two more points

Dele Alli takes a shot against Slovakia
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England have been slashed to 1-33 from 1-10 to qualify for the World Cup as Group F winners after coming from behind to defeat Slovakia 2-1 at Wembley on Monday.

The Three Lions have moved five points clear of the second-placed Slovaks with two game to go and need just two more points from their remaining fixtures – at home to Slovenia and away to Lithuania.

However, Gareth Southgate faces an anxious wait to see what action, if any, Fifa take in response to a gesture made by Dele Alli during the match.

Fifa are awaiting reports from match officials before deciding whether or not to initiate disciplinary proceedings.

Slovakia have been dragged into a scrap for second place with Slovenia and Scotland, who are both just a point worse off.

Scotland had a great four days – following up a 3-0 victory away to Lithuania with a 2-0 success at home to Malta – and have been chopped to 9-2 from 33-1 by Sky Bet to reach Russia 2018.

Gordon Strachan’s side can guarantee finishing second if they win next month’s matches at home to Slovakia and away to Slovenia.

Northern Ireland are assured of a top-two finish in Group C after goals from West Brom duo Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt sealed an impressive 2-0 victory over Czech Republic in Belfast.

Michael O’Neill’s side are almost certainly heading for the playoffs and are 13-8 with Sky Bet to be the first Northern Ireland team to qualify for a World Cup since Mexico 1986.

Northern Ireland are five points behind leaders Germany with two games to go and can be backed at 33-1 to win the section.

Liverpool left first-choice right-back Nathaniel Clyne out of their Champions League squad on Monday and have confirmed the defender faces a long period on the sidelines.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I’m told it will be longer than a couple of weeks, so we will continue to monitor and assess.”


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