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1dBen Gladwell

Tavecchio blasts Ventura team selection

The president of the Italian FA, Carlo Tavecchio blamed Gian Piero Ventura's team selections for Italy's failure to reach the 2018 World Cup finals.

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3dBen Gladwell

Ventura: 'Difficult days' since Italy sacking

Ventura was sacked on Wednesday. after 15 months in charge following the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden.

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5dBen Gladwell

Sweden praise De Rossi for bus gesture

Daniele De Rossi boarded the Sweden bus following Italy's World Cup playoff defeat to apologise for the whistles heard during the Swedish anthem.

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5dBen Gladwell

Italian FA eyes big name Ventura successor

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is seeking a "big name" successor to Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach.

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5dESPN staff

O'Neill hints at Republic of Ireland stay

Martin O'Neill has indicated that he plans to stay on as Republic of Ireland manager despite the nation's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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6dESPN staff

Hareide thanks Ireland for 'giving us space'

Denmark manager Age Hareide thanked Republic of Ireland for giving Christian Eriksen the space within which to thrive.

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6dChris Wright

Denmark celebrate with beer shower

Christian Eriksen and company soaked Jacobson to the bone, with the ex-Everton defender forced to stand there at the pundits' table and soak it up.

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6dPA Sport

World Cup absent XI: Buffon, Sanchez, Bale

Alexis Sanchez and Gareth Bale headline a host of big names who will be absent from next summer's World Cup after their countries failed to qualify.

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6dJohn Brewin

O'Neill tips hat to 'world-class' Eriksen

Martin O'Neill admitted his Ireland team were "well beaten" by a "world-class" player in Christian Eriksen after Denmark's 5-1 win in Dublin.

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6dMichael Cox

Where have all the centre-forwards gone?

If the four UEFA World Cup play-off ties highlighted anything, it was the true lack of top-class centre-forwards in Europe, writes Michael Cox.

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6dJohn Brewin

Eriksen leads Denmark to World Cup

Christian Eriksen's hat trick was too much for Ireland as Denmark booked their World Cup spot with a 5-1 win, writes John Brewin in Dublin.

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6dESPN staff

Eriksen magic puts Denmark in World Cup

Christian Eriksen's hat trick helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland.

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6dMina Rzouki

Saluting Italy's awesome foursome

Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli's Italy careers ended horribly but their legacies will endure.

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6dGabriele Marcotti

After Italy's failure comes brighter future

Italy's historic failure to qualify for the World Cup will linger for some time. But the building blocks are there for a much brighter future.

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6dBen Gladwell

Ventura's fate set to be decided Wednesday

Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is "profoundly saddened and disappointed" by Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.