As World Cup qualifying heats up, we take a closer look

Samuel Eto'o has reportedly come out of retirement to play for Cameroon. (Getty Images/AFP)

Samuel Eto'o has reportedly come out of retirement to play for Cameroon. (Getty Images/AFP)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:33 AM ET

Of the 200-plus FIFA nations that entered 2014 World Cup qualifying three years ago, 59 remain.

Of that 59, 10 nations — including hosts Brazil — have secured passage to next summer’s finals, which return to South America for the first time since 1978 (Argentina).

Beginning Friday, qualifying questions will begin to be answered across the globe: Will England meet expectations as it gets set to host a pair of tricky do-or-die qualifiers? Will Mexico miss a World Cup for the first time since 1982? Can an African minnow dispatch a World Cup regular to book a place at next year’s 32-team tournament?

The Sun’s soccer expert, Kurtis Larson, takes a look at each FIFA confederation and where things stand heading into the final few Matchdays in each region of the world.


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