As we approach the halfway point of qualification for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, European teams are well on their way.
Fifty-five member organizations want to advance from their qualifying group, with some coming closer than others.
In the most recent round of matchups, England’s 100 percent record was broken, but Denmark’s is still intact after six games, and Armenia is one of the surprise packages so far, sitting second in Group J behind Germany.
What are the statuses of the other Home Nations? And who else appears to be a strong contender for qualifying? The condition of play in each of the ten groups, where the top teams qualify automatically for Qatar 2022, is examined by BBC Sport.
How many nations qualify?
At next year’s World Cup, Europe will be represented by 13 teams. As previously stated, ten of those will be the group winners, with the remaining three spots up for grabs.
Those three will be chosen from the ten group runners-up, as well as the two highest-ranked teams from the Nations League who have not yet qualified or finished second in a group.
Those 12 teams will compete in a two-round knockout play-off to determine the remaining three teams who will make up the 13.
Source: BBC Sport