Manchester United's title defence suffered a massive blow after a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Everton, while Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham all won in midweek English Premier League play.
Chelsea returned from the international break with a brace from Frank Lampard and an Oscar goal to move Jose Mourinho's squad four points behind leaders Arsenal in a 3-0 away win at West Ham.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho told a press conference on Friday he believes midfielder Frank Lampard has done very well to adapt his playing style to keep himself in Roy Hodgson's FIFA World Cup™ plans.
After 260 games across qualifying Europe, the nine sides headed for Brazil 2014 and the eight going into the play-offs have been decided, but in which games were their paths decided? FIFA.com investigates.
FIFA.com looks at five key factors in England's qualification for Brazil 2014, including the performances of Leighton Baines, captain Steven Gerrard and the prolific Wayne Rooney.
Frank Lampard says England will secure the result they need against Poland in their final 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match, with the midfielder desperate to make it to Brazil, which he calls "one of the homes of football."