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15/10/2013 07:11, Report by Tim Oscroft

Reds continue World Cup quest

Nani and Portugal's only hope of automatic qualification is Group F leaders Russia losing to Azerbaijan, while the Portuguese must beat Luxembourg heavily enough to overtake the Russians on goal difference.

In the same group, Northern Ireland's miserable campaign will end in Israel minus United's Jonny Evans, suspended following his red card in the defeat to Azerbaijan last week.

Belgium booked their place in next summer's tournament when they beat Croatia last Friday, but Marouane Fellaini will sit out his country's meeting with Wales having picked up a yellow card in last week's outing.

Javier Hernandez's Mexico can still qualify automatically but they must beat Costa Rica and hope that third-placed Honduras lose to Jamaica, while improving their goal difference ahead of the Hondurans.

Ecuador, featuring Antonio Valencia, will grab one of the two remaining automatic qualification spots for South American teams if they draw with Chile, who would also head to Brazil next year with that result. United striker Angelo Henriquez, on loan with Real Zaragoza, did not feature in Chile's 3-3 draw with Colombia last week.

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Reds on duty

CHILE v Ecuador - Angelo Henriquez

Chile v ECUADOR - Antonio Valencia

ENGLAND v Poland - Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck

FRANCE v Finland - Patrice Evra

Belarus v JAPAN - Shinji Kagawa

Costa Rica v MEXICO - Javier Hernandez

Turkey v NETHERLANDS - Robin van Persie

PORTUGAL v Luxembourg - Nani

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