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Goal.com's Enis Koylu and Stephen Crawford are here to bring you all the build-up and action from Tuesday's international fixtures, with Spain, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, France, Portugal, and England all on show as they continue on the road to Brazil...

16:55 BST

9/11/12

Here's an interesting fact: Mexico boss Jose Manuel de la Torre boasts a perfect competitive record since taking over El Tri, and is looking for his tenth consecutive win this evening.

The trainer won the 2011 Gold Cup with six straight victories, which was then followed up by a further three wins in the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers.

Already ninth in the national side's all-time wins table, could this be the start of something special for the North Americans?

16:45 BST

9/11/12

Enough about Germany for now I think, here's Goal.com's own Yonghun Lee with his take on South Korea's draw with Uzbekistan:

"It was below par performance from us, our players didn't appear to be well conditioned.

"Uzbekistan attacked very effectively and won 12 corners, scored twice from the set pieces."

Korea coach Choi Kang-Hee had this to say about the encounter:

"We had prepard for set pieces but we conceded two goals from corners. That had a huge impact on the game.

"We should've done better after we scored our second goal. It's a disappointing result but we got one point in away game.

Regard his charges' next encounter away to Iran, the coach continued:

"I know Korea have not won in Iran but I'll do my best to win this time."

Can't ask for more than that, can we?

16:35 BST

9/11/12

One of the few replies to my Gotze question (hint hint - get involved, y'all!):

Billu Maestro Tanga ‏@Billu_Maestro11
On the wing... RT @goal_intl

I like him out wide myself - and it looks like a real possibility now as we're hearing Gotze and Reus will occupy the flanks with Thomas Muller slotting in behind Klose in Ozil's place! Gasp you should! We'll confirm this a little later...

16:25 BST

9/11/12

Unrelated to the qualifiers tonight, but this news must be shared:

Argentina have announced their squad for their upcoming Superclasico clash with Brazil, and none other than RICARDO CENTURION has been called up.

I know! It IS an excellent name! Watch out, Neymar and Co.!

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16:15 BST

9/11/12

Former Dortmund star Michael Zorc has voiced his admiration for Mario Gotze, insisting the young talent can operate in any position in attack.

A talent indeed, but will Jogi Low give Gotze a start tonight against Austria? Our sources say it's very possible, but do you think he should start? And if so, where should the Germany boss deploy the crafty BVB man?

Let us know what you think - not just about Gotze! - via our Twitter @goal_intl or via our Facebook page. Get involved!

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16:05 BST

9/11/12

A fond farewell to my esteemed colleague and a warm hello to all of you Goal.com readers out there!

We've all met before so lets get right into it!

Here's a quick recap of the qualifiers completed and in motion to kick us off:

  • New Zealand 6-1 Solomon Islands
  • Japan 1-0 Iraq
  • Uzbekistan 2-2 South Korea
Elsewhere, Lebanon are 1-0 up against Iran at half time.

Remember folks, we have Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, England and many more still to come this evening, so don't touch that dial!

16:00 BST

9/11/12

And that's all from me, but fear not, I'll be leaving you in the more-than-capable hands of Stephen Crawford, who will be taking you through until the small hours with all the build-up, team news, goals, reaction and more.

16:00 BST

9/11/12

We've also had a few more predictions heading into tonight's match between Spain and Georgia. Ogar God'spower wrote: "Spain..... European & World champions. Can you beat that? It's natural to be hungry for more success. Thumbs up for Spain.

However, Masashi Honda has warned: "Arrogance will be the downfall of this Spanish side."

And one reader has writen: "If you hate Spain go and hug transfomer." Seconded.

15:45 BST

9/11/12

Meanwhile, on a slightly different topic, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has tweeted a happy birthday message to Franz Beckenbauer, who is 67 today. Which is the sort of courtesy that I, for one, whole-heartedly support.

15:35 BST

9/11/12

Spain might be in action tonight, but former Barcelona president Joan Laporta is dreaming of being in control of the club in an era of Catalan autonomy. Reckon it will ever happen? Would his return be a good thing for the club?

Read more from the 50-year-old here.

15:30 BST

9/11/12

Meanwhile, in Japan, Shinji Kagawa has handed Manchester United a boost by allaying fears of an injury. "It happened in training yesterday. I was holding the ball and went to make a move and in that instant it started to hurt. It won't take long to recover." Good news for Fergie, then.

15:25 BST

9/11/12

We've had some feedback in terms of predictions for tonight's Germany game. We asked if anyone could foresee an upset.

Slow Depth has replied, saying that he sees Austria claiming a 3-0 win over their neighbours. Blazer Ngwanya, on the other hand, is predicting Germany winning 5-0, and Tenjin Lama thinks Mesut Ozil will hit his best form for club and country.

One anonymous reader, however, has simply replied: "Drogba."

15:15 BST

9/11/12

There has been much discussion in the France camp about Hugo Lloris' status at Tottenham after his deadline day move, but his fellow Francophone Benoit Assou-Ekotto has warned the former Olympique Lyonnais stopper that he will have to fight with all his might to displace Brad Friedel from Sprus' first team.

Want to find out more? Click away...

15:05 BST

9/11/12

Well, away from the international game, the transfer window never ends, does it? Fulham have confirmed the signing of Greece icon Giorgos Karagounis on a deal that lasts until the end of the season. That's an erm.. interesting one.

15:00 BST

9/11/12

Here's some news concerning the hosts of the tournament in two years' time. Brazil have named their squad to face arch-rivals Argentina on September 19 and October 3 in the Supercopa de las Americas.

It's an all-domestic squad, but still features the likes of Lucas Moura, Paulinho, Neymar and Leandro Damiao. Not bad, eh?

Read the full roster here...

14:50 BST

9/11/12

And now the best deals for Wales...

"Wales face the more dauting task of a trip to face Serbia and after losing their opening group match to Belgium they are up against it already. Serbia are firm favourites at 1/2 while a draw is priced at 11/4 and Wales' price has been slowly drifting throughout the day, they're now 13/2 to claim three points. I'd question whether Serbia deserve to be such heavy favourites considering they've not won a game in six attempts and have only scored once in that time. You can back Wales and the draw at 6/4."

14:47 BST

9/11/12

And now Big Jim gives Scotland the betting treatment...

"Scotland host Macedonia and despite a 0-0 draw against Serbia not being the worst result, the pressure is on Craig Levein's side to secure three points, especially considering their tough group. The hosts are favourites at 3/4 with Bet365 which looks a justified price considering they've won four and drawn two of their last six home games. Macedonia are available at 4/1 but they've lost four and drawn two of their last six on the road so that price may not be popular with punters"

14:45 BST

9/11/12

Want some more betting tips? Well, our man Jim Knight is here, as always, to provide all the latest info and steer you in the direction of the best offers...

"England are well-fancied against Ukraine after their 5-0 victory over Moldova on Friday evening. Roy Hodgson's side are 1/2 favourites with Bet365 while the visitors are outsiders at 6/1 to cause an upset at Wembley. These two teams met at Euro 2012 where England ran out 1-0 winners courtesy of a Wayne Rooney goal. The Manchester United man won't be featuring but another 1-0 victory for the Three Lions is available at 5/1 with Bet365.

14:35 BST

9/11/12

Speaking of Turkey, here's the starting line-up, fresh of the presser for you.

Zengin; Gonul, Toprak, Kaya, Kaldirim; Arda, Mehmet Topal, Emre, Sararer; Bulut, Yilmaz. Can the Turks get their first competitive win under Avci tonight? Only time will tell.

14:25 BST

9/11/12

And now some build up from one of the lower-profile matches tonight. Abdullah Avci's Turkey are looking to get their qualifying campaign started properly later against Estonia in Istanbul after suffering a 2-0 loss to Netherlands.

Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan has admitted that: "Turkey have got a higher individual class. Their team is one of the most dangerou steam in all of Europe, but we didn't come to Istanbul as tourists. We want to surprise European football."

Speculation in Turkey is rife that Avci will drop Tunay Torun and even Hamit Altintop, with Burak Yilmaz and Gokhan Gonul coming into replace them, while Selcuk Inan will have to continue to make do with a place on the bench.