Which Premier League players could book early tickets to World Cup?

Van Persie Holland

Manchester United, Arsenal, Fulham, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Norwich City and Chelsea may all be represented next summer as four European nations could seal qualification to 2014 tournament as early as tomorrow, Tuesday.

While England and Ukraine duke it out in Kiev in one of the high stake matches in European qualification, there are four nations who perhaps have slightly less pressurised situations coming up as victory will guarantee their participation in next summer's FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil.

Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Germany have three games remaining in their groups but can ensure their passage to the 2014 tournament by overseeing their respective opponents: Andorra, Czech Republic, Norway and Faroe Islands.

The Dutch, spearheaded by Robin van Persie of Manchester United and with three other Premier League representatives in their current squad, almost suffered an embarrassing reverse against Estonia on Friday, September 6 but escaped with a point.

Should they defeat Andorra and Turkey either hold Romania to a draw or beat them, then Holland will seal first place in their respective group; D.

Italy, with just two Premier League players in their latest squad, entertain Czech Republic at Juventus Stadium and have a less complicated route to guaranteed qualification… all they have to do is gain three points to top Group B.

In Group E, Switzerland, Albania and Iceland all have the capability of finishing first but it is the former, who take on Norway away from home, who are in the most commanding position as they have a four point lead.

If the Swiss win and Albania and Iceland draw, then they too could join Italy and Holland as three of the four potential early European qualifiers.

Completing the quartet is Germany, who have one of the easiest fixtures in international soccer, a trip to Faroe Islands.

A victory there will see the Germans guarantee their standing atop Group C providing Sweden fail to collect three points against Kazakhstan.

Premier League players in the four squads facing World Cup qualification on Tuesday

PLAYER CLUB NATION
Michael Vorm Swansea City Netherlands
Ron Vlaar Aston Villa Netherlands
Jonathan De Guzman Swansea City Netherlands
Robin van Persie Manchester United Netherlands
Ricky van Wolfswinkel Norwich City Netherlands
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland Italy
Pablo Osvaldo Southampton Italy
Philippe Senderos Fulham Switzerland
Per Mertesacker Arsenal Germany
Mesut Ozil Arsenal Germany
Andre Schurrle Chelsea Germany

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