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Happy Friday! Any big plans for the weekend? This is one of those rare weekends where me and the lovely mrs. pdb have no plans whatsoever; we don’t get many of those, so this weekend will probably be a lot of TV and naps. Which will be pretty great. Plans are overrated. Anyway, what’s on your docket for the weekend?

World Cup 2018: Who needs what to qualify for Russia next year? - BBC Sport
This is what's going on in UEFA qualifying after yesterday's matches.

Harry Kane late strike against Slovenia secures England’s World Cup place | Football | The Guardian
Harry Kane struck in the fourth minute of added time to give England a 1-0 win over Slovenia and secure qualification for the World Cup in Russia.

US needs soccer reboot to bridge gap to top nations at World Cup - ESPN FC
Simon Kuper: If the U.S. and other soccer nations want to join the sport's elite, they'll need to reboot -- and fast.

Messi, Argentina out of World Cup places with one qualifier to go |
As it stands, one of the best players on the planet won’t be at next summer’s World CUp.

Facebook refuse to rule out a bid for Premier League broadcast rights | The Independent
Facebook's head of sports has refused to rule out a bid for Premier League broadcast rights. TIL Facebook has a "head of sports".

Seven way-too-early sweeping generalisations about the Premier League season so far | The Independent
Because everyone loves a good listicle!