Spain, England and Holland target 100% records

October 15, 2008

MILAN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Spain, England and Netherlands must negotiate difficult away assignments on Wednesday to keep up their 100 percent records in World Cup qualifying.

GettyImagesThe Netherlands line-up ahead of their 2-0 win over Iceland last Saturday.

European champions Spain, who top Group Five with three wins, visit resurgent Belgium while Group Six leaders England are without defenders John Terry and Ashley Cole for the game in Belarus. Group rivals Croatia entertain Andorra.

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Bert van Marwijk's Netherlands travel to always determined Norway in Group Nine with Greece, the fourth European nation with maximum points so far, hosting Switzerland in Group Two.

World champions Italy, who lead Group Eight after a 0-0 draw in Bulgaria on Saturday, will be without suspended striker Luca Toni for the home match with Montenegro in Lecce.

Germany striker Kevin Kuranyi will not face Wales in Moenchengladbach after walking out on the national side having not being selected for Saturday's 2-1 win over Russia in Group Four. Michael Ballack is also a doubt with a calf problem.

In Group One, stuttering Portugal have the chance to get back on track with a home game against Albania while in Group Three winless Czech Republic host in-form Slovenia, whose fellow joint leaders Poland visit Slovakia.

Group Seven leaders Serbia travel to play Austria in Vienna and Lithuania, who are in second place also with six points from three games, welcome Faroe Islands in a tight section.