England handed favourable Euro 2020 qualifying draw
England handed favourable Euro 2020 qualifying draw
Mick Mc Carthy was relieved to have missed out on facing Germany and Holland
02 December, 2018, 20:03
England have to qualify for the Euro 2020 tournament despite being among the twelve nations to have been granted a host city in a historic tournament, but Southgate hopes that will act as an extra incentive for his players to make it to the big show. You could say the group is less hard because Germany are not there but that would not be true.
The Republic of Ireland had initially been drawn into Group C but could not take a place there due to there being too many host countries in one group, so Mick McCarthy's team were instead placed in Group D alongside Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.
Ireland were beaten int the World Cup play-off, before the two sides played out two scoreless draws in their League B Nations League group.
The Netherlands were the architects of Germany's downfall in the Nations League, claiming a win and draw against Joachim Loew's team to reach the Final Four of European soccer's new national team competition next June.
If they once again just fall short then Southgate's Soldiers will have a third summer in a row to get it to come back to where it belongs in Euro 2020.
All four teams who will play in Portugal next summer in the Nations League were given groups of five, as were Croatia, but the rest of the groups are teams of six.
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Group A:England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo.
The Republic of Ireland meanwhile, have ended up in Group D with Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.
France, which won the World Cup in July and lost the Euro 2016 final on home soil, is in qualifying with Iceland, Turkey, Albania and Moldova.
Elsewhere three-times champions Spain were drawn in Group F with Sweden, Norway and Romania.
Belgium, in Group I, face Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino, while Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein are in Group J.
Wembley Stadum will host both the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020, as well as three group games and one match in the last 16.
The winners and runners up from each of the twelve groups will progress to the 24-team tournament.
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