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Defending Champions Germany, England qualify for 2018 World Cup

Defending champions Germany secured their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia with a 3-1 victory away to Northern Ireland in Belfast on Thursday.

Germany’s striker Sandro Wagner (R) celebrates with Germany’s defender Joshua Kimmich (L) and Germany’s defender Mats Hummels (C) after scoring their second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park in Belfast on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO

Sebastian Rudy and Sandro Wagner scored first-half goals and Joshua Kimmich netted a late third as Germany made it nine wins out of nine in European qualifying Group C ahead of Sunday’s final match at home to Azerbaijan

England qualified for the 2018 World Cup after captain Harry Kane scored an injury-time winner to beat Slovenia 1-0 at Wembley.

As a result of Scotland’s 1-0 win over Slovakia, England only needed a draw to qualify from Group F, but Kane diverted home Kyle Walker’s cross to grab Gareth Southgate’s hosts a seventh win of the qualifying campaign.



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