WC Qualifiers Roundup: Amazing England, Woeful Italy and the Luck of the Irish

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WC Qualifiers Roundup: Amazing England, Woeful Italy and the Luck of the Irish

With the first round of World Cup qualifying starting today, people had an exciting chance to see how some of the big guns of international football were recovering after this summer's European Championships.

Today's games, despite being such an early stage of the process, could mean more than many people might expect.

With only 10 games (and in some cases just 8) to play, every single match is crucial when it comes to qualification for Brazil 2014.

With the exception of European and World Champions Spain, all the best teams in Europe were on show tonight, seeing if they could stamp their mark on their respective groups at this very early stage of proceedings.

Key matches to look out for in Round 1 were Germany taking on the minnows of the Faroe Islands at home, England's devilish journey away to Moldova and a tricky-looking home game for the Dutch, who were looking to recover after this summer, against Turkey.

Here is a run-down of the matches, and how all the big—and not-so-big—boys faired.

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