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2018 World Cup: Who has qualified for the finals and who can get there?

With 23 teams having qualified, there remain nine places to be clinched on the Road to Russia 2018.

The qualifying process for the 2018 World Cup, which began on March 12, 2015, is reaching its climax. 

So far, 23 nations have booked their place to join host nation Russia in next year's tournament.

Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Uruguay.

Who can still qualify and how:

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Panama official to propose renaming stadium after Sounders' Roman Torres

Roman Torres gives an in-depth breakdown of his goal that sent Panama to the World Cup.

A politician in Panama wants to name a stadium after defender Roman Torres, whose goal qualified his country to its first-ever World Cup.

Torres, who plays his club football in MLS for the Seattle Sounders, scored in the 87th minute to help Panama beat Costa Rica 2-1 and move above Honduras and the United States in the CONCACAF table.

Panama qualified for next summer's World Cup, while the U.S. was eliminated and Honduras will have to go through a playoff against Australia.

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Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has played down the idea that Honduras hold all the cards ahead of their World Cup qualifying duel next month.

Postecoglou will lead his team to the Central American nation as part of a crunch home-and-away clash that will send one side to next year's tournament in Russia.

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