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World Cup 2018? Who are the 23 teams who have qualified for the World Cup so far? With eight months to go until the World Cup in Russia, we now know the identity of 23 teams who will definitely play in the Group Stage of the tournament next summer.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will be at the World Cup next summer as Portugal and Argentina secured their places in the final round of qualifying this week. Messi’s stunning hat-trick against Ecuador booked his nation a place despite it looking doubtful at one stage.
Iceland and Panama both qualified for the World Cup for the first ever time. Egypt also ended a 28 year drought thanks to two goals from Liverpool new signing Mohamed Salah against Congo at the weekend.
We now know 23 of the 32 teams who will be in Russia. Read on for a list of all the teams who have qualified for the World Cup 2018.
|Iran||AFC Third Round Group A winners|
|Japan||AFC Third Round Group B winners|
|Mexico||CONCACAF Fifth Round winners|
|Belgium||UEFA Group H winners|
|South Korea||AFC Third Round Group A runners-up|
|Saudi Arabia||AFC Third Round Group B runners-up|
|Germany||UEFA Group C winners|
|England||UEFA Group F winners|
|Spain||UEFA Group G winners|
|Nigeria||CAF Third Round Group B winners|
|Costa Rica||CONCACAF Fifth Round runners-up|
|Poland||UEFA Group E winners|
|Egypt||CAF Third Round Group E winners|
|Iceland||UEFA Group I winners|
|Serbia||UEFA Group D winners|
|Portugal||UEFA Group B winners|
|France||UEFA Group A winners|
|Argentina||CONMEBOL 3rd place|
|Colombia||CONMEBOL 4th place|
|Panama||CONCACAF Fifth Round 3rd place|
6 more places are available through the play-offs. There are also 3 places still available from the African (CAF) confederation.
Here are the remaining teams who could still make it to the World Cup next summer.
Four nations out of Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Greece and the Republic of Ireland will qualify via the play-offs.
The draw will take place on Tuesday 17th October.
Australia (AFC) vs Honduras (CONCACAF)
Peru (Conmebol) vs New Zealand (OFC)
Matches will take place during November 9-14th.
Read more about the World Cup at FIFA.com.