As each confederation reaches the climactic moments of their World Cup qualifying series, twenty-three nations are already certain of their place in Russia next summer.
With the likes of Croatia, Italy, Peru and Ireland amongst those whose presence at the 2018 World Cup is as yet unconfirmed, Chile and the United States have joined Cameroon in being the respective continental champions who will not participate in the World Cup.
Below is a quick guide through those who have already qualified, those who are looking likely to, and a selection of the surprising nations who have, or may yet, miss out.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 3, 2017
Iceland have qualified for their first ever World Cup. They're a bloody good side. Only losing 2-1 to them now looks a triumph...ish.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) October 9, 2017
— World Cup Times (@World_Cup_Times) September 5, 2017
North, Central America & Caribbean:
Still Able To Qualify:
Europe - Switzerland, Denmark, Croatia, Italy, Sweden, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Greece
South America - Peru
Africa - Tunisia, Morocco/Ivory Coast, Senegal
Asia - Australia
North, Central America & Caribbean - Honduras
Oceania - New Zealand
What Happens Now?
With the European play-off ties to be determined on October 17th, Australia, Peru, Honduras and New Zealand now know what stands between them and the World Cup.
On the 6th and 14th of November, Peru will face New Zealand while Australia take on Honduras for a place in Russia.