Chelsea’s Players in Road to 2018 World Cup Unveiled

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Many of our players have been flying the flag for their respective countries over the past two weeks, looking to book their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia or in some cases having already done so.

Here we take a look at what the current state of play is for those nations with Chelsea representation.

1 Belgium – qualified

Chelsea trio Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi will all be at the finals next year, provided they are selected, after Belgium became to first European side to progress through the qualification groups. An away victory in Greece confirmed their place in Russia.

2 Brazil – qualified

Brazil have also booked their place at Russia 2018, with Willian playing his part for the national side in recent games. David Luiz has also featured in this qualification campaign.

3 Nigeria – almost there

The Super Eagles are on the verge of booking their place in the finals despite only drawing with Cameroon on Monday. Victor Moses scored in a previous win over Cameroon last week, with Nigeria now needing just a point to qualify. Ola Aina was on the Nigeria bench for the first time at the last game.

4 England – one win away

England are almost over the line in Group F, with Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill a regular in the team. The Three Lions will qualify with victory against Slovenia in their next fixture.

5 France – in pole position

Despite a shock goalless draw with Luxembourg on Sunday, France remain top of Group A by a point and are still favourites to qualify. N’Golo Kante has been a key player for Les Bleus in qualifying.

6 Germany – in top spot

Germany remain on course to qualify for the finals after maintaining their 100 per cent record in qualifying with a comprehensive 6-0 victory over Norway. Antonio Rudiger played the whole of that game at the heart of defence for the Germans who can seal it against Northern Ireland next time out.

7 Spain – in a great position

Chelsea trio Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Cesar Azplicueta should be involved at the finals next summer, with Spain sitting three points clear at the top of Group G and guaranteed at least a play-off place. Morata continued his fine start to the season with a brace for the Spaniards last time out.

8 Italy – chasing Spain

Our deadline day addition, Davide Zappacosta, came off the bench to help Italy to a 1-0 home victory over Israel this week, keeping them well placed in the race to qualify. The Italians sit three points behind group leaders Spain, but should at the least make the play-offs as one of the second-place sides, with a game against third-place Albania to come.

9 Denmark – in joint-second

The Danes are sat level in second place with Montengro in Group E, with exactly the same goal difference and games won and three points off the top. Andreas Christensen will be hoping to help Denmark over the line and through to the World Cup.

10 Netherlands – still in the mix

Netherlands are currently third in Group A, three points behind second-placed Sweden. Marco van Ginkel has been involved recently.

11 Croatia – leading from the front

Croatia will be hoping to finish the job off and qualify from Group I, but they lead by just a single point with as many as four teams still in the running to qualify. On-loan Mario Pasalic was part of the squad for their recent qualifiers.

12 Wales – in second place

Teenager Ethan Ampadu, who joined our development squad in the summer, was called up to the senior Wales squad for the first time and was an unused substitute as the side moved into second place with an away victory over Moldova. Wales are four points behind leaders Serbia but a point ahead of third-placed Republic of Ireland whom they are yet to host.
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