Italy Hit Horncastle in the Pocket

Our man James is fuming at Gian Piero Ventura's inability to get Italy over the line and into the World Cup, and as a result we spend a good amount of time poring over what went wrong and why. Sweden meanwhile are a cock-a-hoop at making their first since 2006 - is it due to the Swedes living in a post-Zlatan world?

Elsewhere we look at the best European contenders for next summer's big prize, take some time to appreciate Christian Eriksen, and look ahead to two big derbies back in club football this weekend. There's obviously plenty of opportunity to discuss your questions and comments too.

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