For England to make any noise at next summer's World Cup, Gareth Southgate ought to utilise a three-man defence that should suit his side well.
Christian Eriksen's 11 second strike for Tottenham against Man United was the third fastest goal in Premier League history. But what were quicker?
The Spanish Football Association has re-appointed former Spain and Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro as its sporting director.
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.
Ventura was sacked on Wednesday. after 15 months in charge following the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden.
Former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi claims players and ex-players also want him to exert pressure.
Daniele De Rossi boarded the Sweden bus following Italy's World Cup playoff defeat to apologise for the whistles heard during the Swedish anthem.
Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is seeking a "big name" successor to Gian Piero Ventura as Italy coach.
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.
Toronto FC forward Giovinco was not called up by Ventura despite outstanding form in Major League Soccer.
Denmark manager Age Hareide thanked Republic of Ireland for giving Christian Eriksen the space within which to thrive.
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.
Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago said the 1-0 aggregate playoff defeat to Sweden meant Tavecchio should step down.
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.
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.
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.
Christian Eriksen was delighted to play a major part as his stunning hat trick helped fire Denmark to the 2018 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.
Christian Eriksen's hat trick helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland.
Gianluigi Buffon, Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli's Italy careers ended horribly but their legacies will endure.
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.
Italian FA (FIGC) president Carlo Tavecchio says he is "profoundly saddened and disappointed" by Italy's failure to qualify for the World Cup.
Liverpool were in the second tier, Elvis Presley joined the U.S. Army and George Harrison joined The Beatles the last time Italy missed a World Cup.
Commitment to the collective, coupled with frustrating their opponent, is Ireland's route to Russia.