UEFA EURO 2016 is over but finalists France and Portugal plus all the other teams that competed over the last few weeks have less than two months before they begin their bids to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Fixtures in three of the nine qualifying groups kick off on Sunday 4 September, with Slovakia facing England after the two sides drew 0-0 at UEFA EURO 2016. As for holders Germany, they start their World Cup title defence away to Norway the same day, hoping to become the first team to retain the trophy since Brazil in 1962.
Games continue over the next two days, including a EURO finals rematch between Croatia and Turkey on 5 September, when Kosovo will be making their competitive debut in Finland. Those two sides are the only nations in Group I that did not play in France as Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine and Turkey are also involved.
The following night, European champions Portugal visit Switzerland (who were a penalty shoot-out away from a quarter-final against Ronaldo and Co), Gibraltar make their World Cup bow at home to Greece, while the Netherlands – having missed out on EURO – aim to launch their fightback in Sweden.
The fixtures continue until October 2017 in the nine groups, with EURO sequels including Portugal playing Hungary and Spain meeting Italy. UEFA.com has all you need to know, with 13 places on offer alongside hosts Russia and 18 non-European qualifiers in the finals.