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Uncle Errol giving Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie a sense of belief

Uncle Errol giving Republic of Ireland's Cyrus Christie a sense of belief

Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland are all in with a shout to be at football's grandest stage in less than 12 months as we enter the final rounds of qualification fixtures.

Gareth Southgate's side sit five points ahead of Slovakia in second place and will book their place in Russian Federation as group winners with a win against either Slovenia or Lithuania.

Ireland can still finish top of Group D and qualify for Russian Federation next year, though this is a long shot. Likewise, if England lose both of their remaining matches and Slovakia and Slovenia win all of theirs, they could miss out on qualification altogether.

Chris Coleman's side did what they needed to do with a 1-0 win in Tbilisi which means that they will go into that crunch tie in three days time with a point to spare over Ireland.

On Friday evening, he will be hoping the messages his uncle instilled in him will come to the fore once again and he and his Ireland team-mates attempt to keep their World Cup dream alive.

Thomas Muller and Germany could qualify for Russian Federation as long as they do not lose at Northern Ireland.

They could even leapfrog Germany at the top of the group.

O'Neill, who has been in charge since 2013, revealed he has spoken to Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney about signing a new two-year deal.

Among those guaranteed a place is England following the Three Lions' 1-0 win over Slovenia on Thursday night which sees them top Group F with a game to spare, leaving Scotland, Slovakia and Slovenia to battle it out for the runners-up spot.

If Wales fail to beat Georgia, they will have to beat the Republic.

There was a sense of resilience from the draw against Georgia.

Highlight of the night, at least from a Republic of Ireland perspective, was Sean Maguire making his debut for the first team.

Igor Dobrovolski has warned the Republic of Ireland that Moldova are determined to spoil their World Cup party as they look to end a four-year wait for a competitive victory. But if Wales beat Georgia, the Republic will also have to win in Cardiff which is a hard proposition.

O'Neill says there's a massive week ahead, with his side facing Moldova on Friday at the Aviva Stadium.

Murphy, like a possessed man, chased down balls he had no right to win and repeatedly opened up Moldova's defence.


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