Ronaldo is in the Portuguese squad preparing to face the Faroe Islands and Hungary. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante
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The race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is hotting up with just four rounds of games remaining in the European qualifying campaign.Loew has called up 17 members of the squad that won the Confederations Cup for the games.This group is just about the toughest to call, with Serbia and the Republic of Ireland level on 12 points while unbeaten Wales lie four points back with Austria. Wales host Austria knowing defeat could be disastrous for their prospects of reaching a first World Cup in 60 years. The Slovaks are two points behind and will host Slovenia, who are third.Roberto Martinez's Belgium are top by four points from Greece, who are also unbeaten.Just two points separate the top four, with Croatia on top from Iceland on goal difference.
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