Eric Dier celebrates with teammates after scoring during the World Cup qualifier between England and Slovakia on September 4, 2017
Russian hotels 'hike prices for World Cup'
Russian hotels expected to play host to fans following the World Cup next summer have significantly hiked their room rates, a report suggests.
16:01
Michael O'Neill during the Euro 2016 Group C match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland on July 16, 2016
Michael O'Neill: "We're good enough"
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill says that he is convinced that his side can pull off a shock against Switzerland in the World Cup playoffs.
13:57
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill asks 'Is it bigger than a bread bin?' during his side's Euro 2016 qualifier with Germany.
Martin O'Neill "delighted" with Republic of Ireland draw
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill says that he is "delighted" to be taking on Denmark in the World Cup playoffs next month.
13:49
Fans of Northern Ireland during the Euro 2016 Group C match against Ukraine on June 16, 2016
Northern Ireland to face Switzerland in World Cup playoffs
Northern Ireland will take on Switzerland in the World Cup playoffs.
13:07
Harry Kane shoots on goal during the Euro 2016 Group B game between England and Russia on June 11, 2016
England fans hit with alcohol ban at 2018 World Cup in Russia
England fans will not be allowed to drink alcohol at tournament events during the World Cup in Russia next year.
22:12
Johann Berg Gudmundsson in action for Burnley on September 26, 2016
Johann Berg Gudmundsson: 'Iceland could beat England again'
Johann Berg Gudmundsson believes that Iceland could beat England again if they face the Three Lions at next summer's World Cup in Russia.
Oct 14, 09:09
Spain's midfielder Andres Iniesta celebrates after scoring during extra-time in the 2010 World Cup football final Netherlands vs. Spain on July 11, 2010
Andres Iniesta: 'Russia 2018 World Cup could be my last for Spain'
Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta claims that the World Cup in Russia next year is likely to be his last international tournament.
Oct 13, 21:10
Head Coach Bruce Arena of the Los Angeles Galaxy speaks at the 2012 MLS Cup Team Press Conference at The Home Depot Center on November 30, 2012
Bruce Arena quits as USA head coach
Bruce Arena steps down from his role as head coach of the United States national side.
Oct 13, 15:47
France's coach Didier Deschamps is pictured prior to a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
France boss Didier Deschamps to hold contract talks
French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet says that he aims to hold contract talks with France boss Didier Deschamps in the coming weeks.
Oct 13, 14:42
Andy 'The Gazelle' Carroll leaps forward during the Premier League game between West Ham United and Manchester United on May 10, 2016
Andy Carroll 'hopeful' of England call-up
West Ham United striker Andy Carroll reveals that he is 'hopeful' of earning a place in the England squad for next summer's World Cup in Russia.
Oct 13, 13:13
Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 RO16 match between France and Republic of Ireland on June 26, 2016
Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady avoids punishment from FIFA
Republic of Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady is free to play in the World Cup playoffs after avoiding a suspension for an alleged headbutt.
Oct 13, 11:30
Jack Wilshere in action during the international friendly between England and Turkey on May 22, 2016
Glenn Hoddle tips Arsenal's Jack Wilshere to shine at World Cup
Former England manager Glenn Hoddle tips Jack Wilshere to shine at the World Cup finals.
Oct 12, 20:11
Michy Batshuayi reacts to a missed chance during the international friendly between Belgium and Finland on June 1, 2016
Thorgan Hazard 'threatened to keep ball from Michy Batshuayi'
Michy Batshuayi was told by Thorgan Hazard that he would not get a touch of the ball during Belgium's meeting with Cyprus as the Hazard brothers looked to take control.
Oct 12, 18:24
Tim Cahill of Australia celebrates his goal during the International Friendly match between Australia and Ecuador at The Den on March 5, 2014
FIFA investigating 'sponsored' Tim Cahill celebration
A FIFA spokesman confirms that Tim Cahill's celebration after scoring an extra-time winner for Australia against Syria is being investigated.
Oct 12, 17:46
AS Monaco striker Radamel Falcao competes with Nicolas Otamendi in the Champions League last 16 first leg against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on February 21, 2017
Radamel Falcao admits discussing draw with Peru players
Radamel Falcao admits that he attempted to persuade opposition players to play out a draw late on in Colombia's meeting with Peru as the result suited both teams.
Oct 12, 17:15
Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on the touchline during his side's World Cup qualifier against England at Wembley on November 11, 2016
Gordon Strachan steps down as Scotland manager
Gordon Strachan steps down as Scotland manager by mutual consent following the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Oct 12, 14:40
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Alexi Lalas: 'United States failure to reach World Cup is disastrous'
Former United States defender Alexis Lalas believes that the team's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup is "disastrous" for football in the nation.
Oct 11, 22:10
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English fans' World Cup ticket requests fall in comparison to Brazil 2014
The number of England fans requesting tickets for the World Cup in Russia has fallen significantly in comparison to Brazil 2014.
Oct 11, 19:11
Tite participates in a Brazil training session at the team headquarters in Sao Paulo on June 15, 2016
Tite: 'Brazil are one of the World Cup favourites'
Brazil head coach Tite says that his team are one of the favourites heading into the 2018 World Cup.
Oct 11, 17:53
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Panama declares national holiday after World Cup qualification
The president of Panama declares Wednesday a national holiday, after the country qualified for the World Cup for the first time ever.
Oct 11, 17:44
Gareth Bale in action during the World Cup qualifier between Wales and Austria on September 2, 2017
Best XI: Players to have missed out on World Cup qualification
Sports Mole selects the best XI of players who have failed to qualify for next summer's World Cup, including Alexis Sanchez, Gareth Bale and two Ballon d'Or nominees.
Oct 11, 17:40
Paulo Dybala in action for Juventus in the Coppa Italia final against Lazio on May 17, 2017
Paulo Dybala: 'I'm lucky to see Lionel Messi up close'
Argentine forward Paulo Dybala describes himself as "lucky" to be able to see Lionel Messi up close.
Oct 11, 17:31
Arturo Vidal celebrates scoring during the Champions League quarter-final between Bayern Munich and Benfica on April 5, 2016
Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal retires from international football
Arturo Vidal says that his "soul is crushed" on the back of Chile's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, as he announces his retirement from international football.
Oct 11, 14:48
Jon Walters #14 of the Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier play off, second leg match between Republic of Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium on Novemb
Report: Burnley forward Jonathan Walters out until Christmas
Jonathan Walters will reportedly miss Republic of Ireland's two-legged World Cup playoff tie due to a knee injury, which will likely keep him out until Christmas.
Oct 11, 12:40
Germany's defender and captain Philipp Lahm (front-R) holds up the World Cup trophy as he celebrates on with his teammates after winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup final on July 13, 2014
World Cup 2018: Who has qualified for Russia?
Sports Mole rounds up who has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia so far, and how they got there.
Oct 11, 12:25
Lionel Messi during an Argentina training session on March 22, 2016
Argentina star Lionel Messi: 'Everything went perfectly for us'
Argentina hat-trick hero Lionel Messi says that "everything went perfectly" in a dramatic win over Ecuador, which resulted in qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
Oct 11, 11:46
Gabriel Jesus of Brazil takes a pass during the FIFA Under-20 World Cup semi-final against Senegal on June 17, 2015
Result: Chile lose in Brazil to miss out on World Cup qualification
Chile miss out on a place in next summer's World Cup courtesy of a 3-0 defeat to already-qualified Brazil in addition to other results going against them.
Oct 11, 02:26
Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Group F football match between Argentina and Bosnia Hercegovina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio De Janeiro during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 15, 20
Result: Lionel Messi scores hat-trick to drag Argentina into World Cup finals
Lionel Messi scores a hat-trick to fire Argentina to the World Cup courtesy of a crucial 3-1 win over Ecuador.
Oct 11, 02:24
Neymar in action for Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games
Live Commentary: Brazil 3-0 Chile - as it happened
Relive Brazil's 3-0 win over Chile in Sao Paulo which ended La Roja's hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Oct 10, 23:30
Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016 RO16 match between France and Republic of Ireland on June 26, 2016
FIFA investigating alleged Robbie Brady headbutt towards Ashley Williams
FIFA is investigating an alleged headbutt by Robbie Brady towards Ashley Williams during the Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifying win over Wales on Monday night.
Oct 10, 22:08
Netherlands' forward Arjen Robben vies with Chile's midfielder Charles Aranguiz during a Group B football match between Netherlands and Chile at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 23, 2014
Result: Netherlands fall short of World Cup playoffs in Sweden win
Arjen Robben scores twice as Netherlands beat Sweden 2-0 at the Amsterdam ArenA, but it is the Scandinavians who secure a place in the playoffs for the World Cup.
Oct 10, 21:40
Roberto Martinez watches on during the Premier League game between Everton and West Ham United on March 5, 2016
Result: Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard help Belgium thrash Cyprus
Belgium claim a 4-0 win over Cyprus in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier in Brussels, with Eden and Thorgan Hazard scoring three goals between them.
Oct 10, 21:40
Antoine Griezmann flaunts his locks during the World Cup qualifier between France and the Netherlands on August 31, 2017
Result: France secure spot at 2018 World Cup
France book their spot in the finals of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win over Belarus in their final Group A clash.
Oct 10, 21:38
Andre Silva celebrates the second during the World Cup qualifier between Portugal and Switzerland on October 10, 2017
Result: Portugal beat Switzerland to earn automatic passage to World Cup finals
Portugal seal their place in the 2018 World Cup finals with a 2-0 win over Switzerland at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
Oct 10, 21:35
Jorge Sampaoli of Chile looks on during the international friendly match between Chile and Iraq at the Brondby Stadium on August 14, 2013
Jorge Sampaoli: 'Argentina deserve to reach World Cup'
Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli believes that his nation "deserves" to be at the World Cup ahead of their pivotal final qualifier in Ecuador on Tuesday night.
Oct 10, 20:36
Iceland supporters celebrate their team's 2-1 win after the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 match between England and Iceland at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 27, 2016 in Nice, France
Gretar Steinsson: 'Iceland academy setup key to national team success'
Former Iceland defender Gretar Steinsson admits that the secret to the national team's success is the country's academy system.
Oct 10, 20:24
France's coach Didier Deschamps is pictured prior to a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
Team News: Three changes for France ahead of crucial Belarus clash
France boss Didier Deschamps makes three changes to his starting XI ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Belarus.
Oct 10, 19:06
Dick Advocaat manager of Sunderland looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Sunderland at Vitality Stadium on September 19, 2015
Team News: Two changes for Netherlands ahead of Sweden encounter
Netherlands manager Dick Advocaat makes two changes from the team that beat Belarus at the weekend ahead of Tuesday's World Cup Group A qualifier against Sweden.
Oct 10, 19:04
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo controls the ball during the friendly against Estonia on June 8, 2016
Team News: Cristiano Ronaldo returns for Portugal against Switzerland
Cristiano Ronaldo is reinstated to Portugal's starting XI ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in Lisbon.
Oct 10, 18:55
Netherlands' midfielder Arjen Robben (L) celebrates with Netherlands' midfielder Daley Blind (R) after scoring Netherlands' second goal during the international friendly football match between Wales and Netherlands at Cardiff City Stadium in south Wales o
Live Commentary: Netherlands 2-0 Sweden - as it happened
Relive how Netherlands missed out on World Cup qualification despite a 2-0 win over Sweden, courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates from Amsterdam.
Oct 10, 18:45



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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City87102942522
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd86202121920
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs85211551017
4Watford84311313015
5Chelsea8413138513
6Arsenal84131210213
7Burnley834186213
8Liverpool83411312113
9Newcastle UnitedNewcastle832398111
10West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom824279-210
11Southampton823379-29
12Huddersfield TownHuddersfield823359-49
13Swansea CitySwansea822458-38
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224610-48
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8224814-68
16Everton8224513-88
17Stoke CityStoke8224918-98
18Leicester CityLeicester81341013-36
19Bournemouth8116412-84
20Crystal Palace8107218-163
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