Euro 2020 qualifying: England drawn with Czech Republic and Bulgaria


Northern Ireland are in Group C, along with Germany, Holland, Estonia and Belarus.

After learning their opponents for Euro 2020 qualifying on Sunday, England will discover who they will face in next summer's inaugural Nations League Finals on Monday, with the draw live on Sky Sports News at 1:30pm.

Holders Portugal must face Ukraine and Serbia in a tricky five-team Group B which also includes Lithuania and Luxemburg while world champions France drew Iceland and Turkey in Group H.

Spain, the 2008 and 2012 European champion, is in Group F with Sweden, Norway, Romania, Malta and the Faeroe Islands.

Gareth Southgate's England, meanwhile, have been drawn alongside Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Basically, the four highest ranked teams from each Nations League group - which are shown below - who do not qualify automatically Euro 2020, will contest a playoff in March 2020.

UEFA Draw Euro 2020 Qualification Groups
England's Euro 2020 qualifying group has been announced

"I would say it's a group with three candidates for two places, and Portugal are one of them", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. We feel all of those matches throw up issues and difficulties but also we've got to be confident about how we're playing as well.

"Whichever group we ended up in, we had to take it, everyone was slightly relieved but that's premature", he says of that near miss with the Dutch and the Germans. "Ukraine and Serbia are hard".

Italy, which failed to qualify for the World Cup, is in Group J with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein. As Richie Sadlier said on RTE following the draw, the team will be better organised under McCarthy and the players will be sure of their roles in the team.

Southgate is, however, taking nothing for granted, saying: "We have avoided some big teams, so we have to make sure our preparation for these sort of games is spot on".

The finals will take place in 12 different cities.

Next summer once more the Three Lions have the chance to bring football home when they play in the semi finals of the first UEFA Nations League.

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