England captain Wayne Rooney in action during his side's World Cup qualifier against Scotland at Wembley on November 11, 2016
Asia backing England for 2030 World Cup
The president of the Asian Football Confederation lends his support to England hosting the World Cup in 2030.
Jan 12, 12:59
Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 Group F game between Portugal and Iceland on June 14, 2016
UEFA supports World Cup expansion plans
UEFA issues a statement in favour of FIFA's plans for a 48-team World Cup from 2026.
Jan 10, 16:16
German fans react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2014 final football match Germany vs Argentina played in Brazil during an outdoor screening near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, on July 13, 2014
FIFA decides to expand World Cup to a 48-team tournament as of 2026
A FIFA Council unanimously decides to increase the World Cup to 48 nations as of 2026.
Jan 10, 09:49
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at a press conference on June 3, 2016
Gordon Strachan: 'I love Scotland job'
Gordon Strachan says that he understands why some supporters want him to be sacked as Scotland boss but insists that he loves his job with the national side.
Jan 9, 21:18
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho watches on from the stands ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on November 6, 2016
Jose Mourinho "totally in favour" of 48-team World Cup
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho comes out in favour of a 48-team World Cup, believing that an expanded tournament would be beneficial for football.
Jan 6, 13:11
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola looks on during his side's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on November 19, 2016
Pep Guardiola concerned by increased workload for players
Pep Guardiola is the latest manager to question FIFA's proposal to expand the World Cup from 2026, claiming that players are already 'being killed' by their workload.
Dec 10, 09:59
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on the touchline during the Premier League clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016
Arsene Wenger "sceptical" over World Cup expansion plans
Arsene Wenger questions whether FIFA's proposal to expand the World cup by 16 teams from 2026 is a good idea, saying that the quality of the tournament will not improve.
Dec 8, 19:31
FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino talks during the Extraordinary FIFA Congress at Hallenstadion on February 26, 2016
Gianni Infantino 'backs 48-team World Cup'
FIFA president Gianni Infantino gives his backing to a 48-team World Cup consisting of 16 groups of three teams.
Dec 7, 17:04
Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 Group F game between Portugal and Iceland on June 14, 2016
Result: Cristiano Ronaldo nets brace in Portugal win
Cristiano Ronaldo nets a brace as Portugal record a 4-1 win over Latvia in Sunday's 2018 World Cup qualification clash.
Nov 13, 21:40
Cristiano Ronaldo during the Euro 2016 Group F game between Portugal and Iceland on June 14, 2016
Live Commentary: Portugal 4-1 Latvia - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live commentary of the 2018 World Cup qualifier between Portugal and Latvia, which ended in a 4-1 home win.
Nov 13, 18:45
Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic in action against Scotland during their World Cup qualifying match on March 26, 2013
Branislav Ivanovic: 'No favourites in Group D'
Serbia captain Branislav Ivanovic insists that there are no favourites in Group D of World Cup qualifying, despite Republic of Ireland currently leading the way.
Nov 13, 15:52
Sam Vokes of Wales in action during the International Friendly match between Wales v Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 14, 2013
Sam Vokes: 'Wales can still qualify for World Cup'
Wales striker Sam Vokes insists that his side are still very much in the hunt for World Cup qualification despite their draw with Serbia leaving them four points adrift.
Nov 13, 14:53
Jonathan Walters of Republic of Ireland in action during the Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Republic of Ireland and Polandat Aviva Stadium on March 29, 2015
Jonathan Walters: 'Still a long way to go in World Cup qualifying'
Republic of Ireland forward Jonathan Walters warns his side against getting ahead of themselves after moving top of Group D in World Cup qualifying.
Nov 13, 13:59
Wales manager Chris Coleman looks on during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 11, 2013
Chris Coleman: 'Wales did enough to beat Serbia'
Wales boss Chris Coleman says that his side did enough to earn all three points against Serbia despite having to settle for a 1-1 draw with Slavoljub Muslin's side.
Nov 12, 22:25
Joe Ledley in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Georgia on October 9, 2016
Joe Ledley: 'Wales need to stay positive despite Serbia draw'
Wales midfielder Joe Ledley calls on his teammates to stay positive despite drawing 1-1 with visitors Serbia in their World Cup qualifying encounter in Group D.
Nov 12, 22:11
Gareth Bale in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Georgia on October 9, 2016
Gareth Bale: 'Two points dropped against Serbia'
Wales playmaker Gareth Bale admits that his side "lost two points" following their 1-1 draw with visitors Serbia in their World Cup qualifying encounter in Cardiff.
Nov 12, 21:56
Wales manager Chris Coleman looks on during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Wales and Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium on October 11, 2013
Result: Aleksandar Mitrovic denies Wales valuable victory in Cardiff
Aleksandar Mitrovic heads home late on to cancel out Gareth Bale's earlier opener, as Wales and Serbia play out a 1-1 draw in World Cup qualifying.
Nov 12, 21:38
Gerard Pique celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 Group D game between Spain and Czech Republic on June 13, 2016
Result: Spain make light work of visitors Macedonia in qualifying victory
Spain continue their march towards qualification for the 2018 World Cup with a comfortable 4-0 victory over visitors Macedonia at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.
Nov 12, 21:36
Martin O'Neill the manager of the Republic of Ireland reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2015
Martin O'Neill: 'Republic of Ireland have great resilience'
Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill talks up his side's resilience after their important 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over hosts Austria.
Nov 12, 21:01
Jakub Wawrzyniak of Poland tackles Seamus Coleman of Republic of Ireland during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Republic of Ireland and Poland at Aviva Stadium on March 29, 2015
Seamus Coleman: 'It's a privilege to play for this Republic of Ireland side'
Republic of Ireland full-back Seamus Coleman tells of his pride following the country's 1-0 away victory over Austria in their World Cup qualifying fixture.
Nov 12, 20:00
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill asks 'Is it bigger than a bread bin?' during his side's Euro 2016 qualifier with Germany.
Harry Arter hails second-half showing following away victory over Austria
Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter heaps praise on his side's second-half showing following the country's World Cup qualifying victory over Austria in Group D.
Nov 12, 19:39
Robbie Brady celebrates scoring during the Euro 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland on June 22, 2016
James McClean talks up "huge" win for Republic of Ireland over Austria
Republic of Ireland winger James McClean tells of his delight after helping to earn his side a slender 1-0 victory in their World Cup qualifying fixture with Austria.
Nov 12, 19:22
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill asks 'Is it bigger than a bread bin?' during his side's Euro 2016 qualifier with Germany.
Result: Republic of Ireland earn crucial win in Austria
Republic of Ireland secure a huge result in their World Cup qualifying group as they defeat Austria 1-0 in Vienna.
Nov 12, 18:55
Gareth Bale in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Georgia on October 9, 2016
Live Commentary: Wales 1-1 Serbia - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of the 1-1 draw between Wales and Serbia, as the visitors found a way through late on to earn a valuable point.
Nov 12, 18:44
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier between Scotland and Poland at Hampden Park on October 08, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.
Darren Fletcher: 'We believe in Gordon Strachan'
Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher states that his teammates have full belief in under-fire boss Gordon Strachan following the country's recent 3-0 defeat to England.
Nov 12, 18:32
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at a press conference on June 3, 2016
Gary Caldwell: 'Gordon Strachan has the experience to help Scotland'
Former Scotland centre-back Gary Caldwell gives his support to under-fire Lions coach Gordon Strachan following the country's recent 3-0 loss to England.
Nov 12, 18:14
Martin O'Neill the manager of the Republic of Ireland reacts during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium on November 16, 2015
Live Commentary: Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland - as it happened
Relive Sports Mole's live coverage of Republic of Ireland's 1-0 victory over Austria in Group D of the World Cup qualifying campaign.
Nov 12, 16:30
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at a press conference on June 3, 2016
Leigh Griffiths: 'Scotland should not sack Gordon Strachan'
Scotland will not solve their problems by sacking Gordon Strachan midway through World Cup qualifying, according to Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths.
Nov 12, 14:14
Ikechi Anya of Scotland runs with the ball during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014
Ikechi Anya: 'All of the Scotland team are behind manager Gordon Strachan'
Ikechi Anya says that Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has the players' "full backing" following Friday's 3-0 defeat to England at Wembley.
Nov 12, 12:35
Interim manager Gareth Southgate watches on during England training on October 4, 2016
Wayne Rooney: 'Gareth Southgate is in pole position for England job'
England captain Wayne Rooney says that Gareth Southgate has put himself in "pole position" to become manager of the Three Lions on a full-time basis.
Nov 12, 11:25
Daniel Sturridge of England controls the ball during the international friendly against Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2016
Daniel Sturridge: 'England were rewarded for patience'
Striker Daniel Sturridge says that England were rewarded for their 'patience' in their 3-0 victory over Scotland at Wembley Stadium.
Nov 12, 10:43
Michael O'Neill during the Euro 2016 Group C match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland on July 16, 2016
Michael O'Neill praises Chris Brunt after Northern Ireland win
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill praises the influence of Chris Brunt after watching his team beat Azerbaijan 4-0 in Belfast.
Nov 12, 10:12
Jamie Vardy and Adam Lallana in action during an England training session on March 28, 2016
Adam Lallana: 'Gareth Southgate has brought stability'
England midfielder Adam Lallana says that interim boss Gareth Southgate has brought "good stability" to the Three Lions since his appointment.
Nov 12, 09:59
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan at a press conference on June 3, 2016
Gordon Strachan: Scotland defeat "wasn't fair"
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says that his side did not deserve to lose 3-0 to England in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium.
Nov 12, 09:45
Interim manager Gareth Southgate watches on during England training on October 4, 2016
Gareth Southgate pleased with attacking display
Interim England boss Gareth Southgate takes positives and negatives from Friday's 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley.
Nov 11, 22:17
Robert Lewandowski of Poland runs with the ball during the Euro 2016 Group C match against Germany on June 16, 2016
Smoke grenade explodes near Robert Lewandowski
Poland's 2018 World Cup qualification clash away to Romania on Friday was suspended for 10 minutes after a smoke grenade exploded near Robert Lewandowski.
Nov 11, 22:04
Didier Deschamps of France reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014
Result: France come from behind to beat Sweden
France come from behind to record a 2-1 win over Sweden in Friday night's 2018 World Cup qualifier in Paris.
Nov 11, 21:54
Steve Davis of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Greece during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier between Northern Ireland and Greece at Windsor Park on October 8, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Result: Northern Ireland move up to second in Group C with emphatic win over Azerbaijan
Northern Ireland move up to second in Group C following an emphatic 4-0 win over Azerbaijan at Windsor Park.
Nov 11, 21:40
Head coach Joachim Loew of Germany gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014
Result: Germany put eight past San Marino
Debutant Serge Gnabry hits a hat-trick as Germany record a 8-0 win away to San Marino in Friday night's 2018 World Cup qualification fixture.
Nov 11, 21:39
Daniel Sturridge of England controls the ball during the international friendly against Netherlands at Wembley Stadium on March 29, 2016
Result: England ease past Scotland at Wembley
England take another step towards qualifying for the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 3-0 victory over fierce rivals Scotland at Wembley.
Nov 11, 21:37


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea21171345153052
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs21136243142945
3Liverpool21136249242545
4Arsenal21135348222644
5Manchester CityMan City21133541261542
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd21117332201240
7Everton219663223933
8West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom218582828029
9Stoke CityStoke217682733-627
10Burnley2182112331-826
11Bournemouth2174103037-725
12West Ham UnitedWest Ham2174102635-925
13Southampton216691926-724
14Watford2165102336-1323
15Leicester CityLeicester2156102434-1021
16Middlesbrough214891722-520
17Crystal Palace2144133040-1016
18Hull City2144132045-2516
19Sunderland2143142040-2015
20Swansea CitySwansea2143142349-2615