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Montrelle Montesinos | 11 Octubre, 2017, 17:28

With the victory, Argentina's Messi will join Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo to showcase their star power in Russia.

Portugal was in control but hadn't been able to create many scoring chances until Djourou found his own net while trying to clear a cross from the left by Eliseu in the 41st minute. The Red Devils with 39 goals are the highest goal scorers in the European qualifiers so far, including scorelines of 8-1 and 9-0 home wins over Estonia and Gibraltar respectively.

England topped Group F with 23 points with Tottenham Hotspur striker Kane spearheading the side with four goals from five games. It has now qualified for its 11th successive World Cup finals.

France still would have qualified for the World Cup on Tuesday with a draw or even a loss, because Sweden lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in its final qualifying match. The sought-after Southampton centre-back makes our side in a slightly makeshift back three. A place in this side will surely be some consolation for the copy-and-paste schemer.

Switzerland had won all of its nine qualifiers until Tuesday's setback.

Sweden, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Repubic of Ireland, Denmark, Slovakia, Italy, Greece and Croatia have reached the play-offs stages and four sides will progress to finals over two-legged ties.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos is also counting on his captain to lead the way to Russia. Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored the winner against Zambia.

Australia beat Syria 3-2 on aggregate to book their spot in an intercontinental playoff against Honduras, who finished fourth in North, Central and Caribbean America ahead of the United States, in November.

From LaLiga's best keeper to Arsenal's superstar bench-warmer via the catalyst for Leicester's 5000/1 Premier League triumph, here's our pick of the best XI featuring players who definitely won't be taking part next summer.

Twenty-three of the 32 participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup have already booked their tickets to Russia.