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The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification UEFA Group F is one of the nine UEFA groups for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification. The group consists of six teams: England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, and Malta.

The draw for the first round (group stage) was held as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw on 25 July 2015, starting 18:00 MSK (UTC+3), at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

The group winners will qualify directly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Among the nine group runners-up, the eight best runners-up will advance to the play-offs, where they will be drawn into four home-and-away ties to determine the other four qualifiers.

Standings

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification tiebreakers
In home-and-away league format, the ranking of teams in each group is based on the following criteria (regulations Articles 20.6 and 20.7):
  1. Points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw, 0 points for a loss)
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Points in matches between tied teams
  5. Goal difference in matches between tied teams
  6. Goals scored in matches between tied teams
  7. Away goals scored in matches between tied teams (if the tie is only between two teams)
  8. Play-off match(es) on neutral ground (if approved by FIFA Organizing Committee), with extra time and penalty shoot-out if necessary
Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Notes
 England 8 6 2 0 16 3 +13 20 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
 Slovakia 8 5 0 3 14 6 +8 15 Possible Second round
 Slovenia 8 4 2 2 10 4 +6 14
 Scotland 8 4 2 2 14 10 +4 14
 Lithuania (E) 8 1 2 5 6 18 −12 5
 Malta (E) 8 0 0 8 2 21 −19 0

Matches

The fixture list was confirmed by UEFA on 26 July 2015, the day following the draw. Times are CET/CEST, as listed by UEFA (local times are in parentheses).

4 September 2016 (2016-09-04)
18:00
(19:00 UTC+3)
Lithuania  2–2  Slovenia LFF Stadium, Vilnius
Attendance: 4,114
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Černych Goal 32'
Slivka Goal 34'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Krhin Goal 77'
Cesar Goal 90+3'
4 September 2016 (2016-09-04)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Slovakia  0–1  England Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava
Attendance: 18,111
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Lallana Goal 90+5'
4 September 2016 (2016-09-04)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Malta  1–5  Scotland National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 15,069
Referee: Yevhen Aranovsky (Ukraine)
Effiong Goal 14' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Snodgrass Goal 10'61' (pen.)84'
C. Martin Goal 53'
S. Fletcher Goal 78'

8 October 2016 (2016-10-08)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
England  2–0  Malta Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 81,718
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
Sturridge Goal 29'
Alli Goal 38'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
8 October 2016 (2016-10-08)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Scotland  1–1  Lithuania Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)
McArthur Goal 89' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Černych Goal 59'
8 October 2016 (2016-10-08)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Slovenia  1–0  Slovakia Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Kronaveter Goal 74' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Lithuania  2–0  Malta LFF stadionas, Vilnius
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (Spain)
Černych Goal 76'
Novikovas Goal 84' (pen.)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Slovakia  3–0  Scotland Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (Sweden)
Mak Goal 18'56'
Nemec Goal 68'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Slovenia  0–0  England Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana
Attendance: 13,274
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Germany)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

11 November 2016 (2016-11-11)
20:45
(19:45 UTC±0)
England  3–0  Scotland Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 87,258
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Sturridge Goal 23'
Lallana Goal 50'
Cahill Goal 61'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
11 November 2016 (2016-11-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Malta  0–1  Slovenia National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 4,207
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (Poland)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Verbič Goal 47'
11 November 2016 (2016-11-11)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+1)
Slovakia  4–0  Lithuania Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava
Attendance: 9,653
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
Nemec Goal 12'
Kucka Goal 15'
Škrtel Goal 36'
Hamšík Goal 86'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

26 March 2017 (2017-03-26)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
England  2–0  Lithuania Wembley Stadium, London
Attendance: 77,690
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
Defoe Goal 22'
Vardy Goal 66'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
26 March 2017 (2017-03-26)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Malta  1–3  Slovakia National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Attendance: 4,980
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (Turkey)
Farrugia Goal 14' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Weiss Goal 2'
Greguš Goal 41'
Nemec Goal 84'
26 March 2017 (2017-03-26)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Scotland  1–0  Slovenia Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 20,435
Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
C. Martin Goal 88' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

10 June 2017 (2017-06-10)
18:00
(17:00 UTC+1)
Scotland  2–2  England Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
Griffiths Goal 87'90' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Oxlade-Chamberlain Goal 70'
Kane Goal 90+3'
10 June 2017 (2017-06-10)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Slovenia  2–0  Malta Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (Wales)
Iličić Goal 45+2'
Novaković Goal 84'
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
10 June 2017 (2017-06-10)
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Lithuania  1–2  Slovakia LFF stadionas, Vilnius
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (Germany)
Šernas Goal 90+3' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Weiss Goal 32'
Hamšík Goal 58'

1 September 2017 (2017-09-01)
20:45
(21:45 UTC+3)
Lithuania  0–3  Scotland LFF stadionas, Vilnius
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Armstrong Goal 25'
Robertson Goal 30'
McArthur Goal 72'
1 September 2017 (2017-09-01)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Malta  0–4  England National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
Kane Goal 53'90+2'
Bertrand Goal 86'
Welbeck Goal 90+1'
1 September 2017 (2017-09-01)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Slovakia  1–0  Slovenia Štadión Antona Malatinského, Trnava
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Nemec Goal 81' Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

4 September 2017 (2017-09-04)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
England  v  Slovakia Wembley Stadium, London
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
4 September 2017 (2017-09-04)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Scotland  v  Malta Hampden Park, Glasgow
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
4 September 2017 (2017-09-04)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Slovenia  v  Lithuania
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
England  v  Slovenia Wembley Stadium, London
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)
20:45
(20:45 UTC+2)
Malta  v  Lithuania National Stadium, Ta' Qali
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)
20:45
(19:45 UTC+1)
Scotland  v  Slovakia Hampden Park, Glasgow
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

8 October 2017 (2017-10-08)
18:00
(19:00 UTC+3)
Lithuania  v  England LFF stadionas, Vilnius
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
8 October 2017 (2017-10-08)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Slovakia  v  Malta
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)
8 October 2017 (2017-10-08)
18:00
(18:00 UTC+2)
Slovenia  v  Scotland Ljudski vrt, Maribor
Report (FIFA)
Report (UEFA)

Goalscorers

There have been 45 goals scored in 18 matches, for an average of 2.5 goals per match.

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Discipline

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two different matches (yellow card suspensions are carried forward to the play-offs, but not the finals or any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were (or will be) served during the qualifying matches:

Player Team Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
Mišo Brečko  Slovenia Red card vs Ukraine in UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying (17 November 2015) vs Lithuania (4 September 2016)
Martin Škrtel  Slovakia Yellow cardYellow cardRed card vs England (4 September 2016) vs Slovenia (8 October 2016)
Jonathan Caruana  Malta Red card vs Scotland (4 September 2016) vs England (8 October 2016)
Luke Gambin  Malta Red card vs Scotland (4 September 2016) vs England (8 October 2016)
Tomáš Hubočan  Slovakia Booked vs England (4 September 2016)
Booked vs Slovenia (8 October 2016)
vs Scotland (11 October 2016)
Jonathan Caruana  Malta Red card vs Lithuania (11 October 2016) vs Slovenia (11 November 2016)
Aljaž Struna  Slovenia Booked vs Slovakia (8 October 2016)
Booked vs England (11 October 2016)
vs Malta (11 November 2016)
Gary Cahill  England Booked vs Slovenia (11 October 2016)
Booked vs Scotland (11 November 2016)
vs Lithuania (26 March 2017)
Georgas Freidgeimas  Lithuania Booked vs Scotland (8 October 2016)
Booked vs Slovakia (11 November 2016)
vs England (26 March 2017)
Andrei Agius  Malta Booked vs Lithuania (11 October 2016)
Booked vs Slovenia (11 November 2016)
vs Slovakia (26 March 2017)
Egidijus Vaitkūnas  Lithuania Booked vs Scotland (8 October 2016)
Booked vs England (26 March 2017)
vs Slovakia (10 June 2017)
Artūras Žulpa  Lithuania Booked vs Slovenia (4 September 2016)
Booked vs England (26 March 2017)
vs Slovakia (10 June 2017)
Jean Paul Farrugia  Malta Red card vs Slovakia (26 March 2017) vs Slovenia (10 June 2017)
Juraj Kucka  Slovakia Booked vs Slovenia (8 October 2016)
Booked vs Malta (26 March 2017)
vs Lithuania (10 June 2017)
Adam Nemec  Slovakia Yellow cardYellow cardRed card vs Malta (26 March 2017) vs Lithuania (10 June 2017)
Valter Birsa  Slovenia Booked vs England (11 October 2016)
Booked vs Scotland (26 March 2017)
vs Malta (10 June 2017)
Boštjan Cesar  Slovenia Booked vs Slovakia (8 October 2016)
Booked vs Scotland (26 March 2017)
vs Malta (10 June 2017)
Miral Samardžić  Slovenia Booked vs Lithuania (4 September 2016)
Booked vs Scotland (26 March 2017)
vs Malta (10 June 2017)
Eric Dier  England Booked vs Slovenia (11 October 2016)
Booked vs Scotland (10 June 2017)
vs Malta (1 September 2017)
Alfred Effiong  Malta Booked vs Scotland (4 September 2016)
Booked vs Slovenia (10 June 2017)
vs England (1 September 2017)
Paul Fenech  Malta Booked vs Scotland (4 September 2016)
Booked vs Slovenia (10 June 2017)
vs England (1 September 2017)
Nerijus Valskis  Lithuania Booked vs Malta (11 October 2016)
Booked vs Slovakia (10 June 2017)
vs Scotland (1 September 2017)
Ján Ďurica  Slovakia Booked vs Slovenia (8 October 2016)
Booked vs Lithuania (10 June 2017)
vs Slovenia (1 September 2017)
Martin Škrtel  Slovakia Booked vs Malta (26 March 2017)
Booked vs Lithuania (10 June 2017)
vs Slovenia (1 September 2017)

External links

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
AFC
First Round · Second Round · Third Round · Fourth Round (play-off for 5th place)
CAF
First Round · Second Round · Third Round
CONCACAF
First Round · Second Round · Third Round · Fourth Round · Fifth Round
CONMEBOL
Round Robin
OFC
First Round · Second Round (Nations Cup) · Third Round
UEFA
First Round · Group A · Group B · Group C · Group D · Group E · Group F · Group G · Group H · Group I · Second Round (play-offs)
Play-offs
CONCACAF v AFC · OFC v CONMEBOL
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