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With the next tournament in Brazil on the horizon, every country in the British Isles is at the ready with the first round of games set to take place on Friday evening

Now that the new Premier League season is well underway, it is about time to return to the international stage as each nation in the UK begins their World Cup qualifying preparations.

After exacting revenge for their Euro 2012 heartache by beating Italy 2-1 in a friendly last month in Switzerland, Roy Hodgson's England side open up Group H with an away trip to Moldova, hoping to get things off to a winning start in a potentially tricky group which includes the likes of Ukraine, Poland and Montenegro.

Craig Levein's Scotland side are hoping to make their first appearance at an international tournament since World Cup 1998 in France and they begin with a home tie against Serbia in Group A. In what on paper looks like the most difficult group, they will also face dark horses Belgium, Croatia and Wales.
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Which brings us to Chris Coleman's team, who in the same group start their campaign with a game at home in Cardiff against a Belgium side with a few well-known faces from the Premier League such as Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellani and Vincent Kompany.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill starts Group F with a trip away to Fabio Capello's Russia, with the game taking place in the Lokomotiv Stadium in Moscow in what looks to be a very difficult start for the underdogs. Their group also includes Portugal and Israel to look out for further down the line.

Ireland face off against Kazakhstan away from home as they bid to put a nightmarish showing at Euro 2012. Group C also includes Germany, who will be one of the favourites when the main tournament finally rolls around.

The road to Brazil 2014 begins here! Goal.com will be streaming Republic of Ireland's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan at 17:00BST via Liversport.tv on Friday. Click here to subscribe!

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