Points made: Olivier Giroud celebrates opening the scoring

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Julian Draxler

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World Cup 2014: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not take England place for granted

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Brazilian admitted he did not know he was allowed to vote for his compatriot

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England 0 Germany 1 analysis: Adam Lallana impressed, Wayne Rooney is the smart option and other things we learnt at Wembley

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Mamadou Sakho celebrates scoring France’s first goal

World Cup 2014 play-offs: France light up Paris with comeback against Ukraine while Cristiano Ronaldo fires sublime hat-trick against Sweden

On a dramatic night that completed the list of European qualifiers for next year's World Cup, France stormed back from a two-goal deficit to earn a place in Brazil while Cristiano Ronaldo almost single-handly took Portugal through with a stunning hat-trick.

Sami Khedira of Germany calls for assistance after sustaining an injury against Italy

Germany will feel the loss of Sami Khedira more keenly than Real Madrid

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