Netherlands draw Germany in pick of Euro 2020 qualifying groups

02 December, 2018, 20:05 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Michael Mc Crudden slots home to make it 3-2 to Institute against Glenavon. Pic by Pacemaker

England are in Group A with Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo. For the first time in the competition's history, the tournament will be hosted by more than two countries to mark its 60th anniversary.

England's group in the Euro qualifiers.

The Republic of Ireland meanwhile, have ended up in Group D with Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.

England beat Bulgaria home and away en route to qualification for Euro 2012 and also faced them in qualifying for the 2000 and 1980 finals.

Ireland dodged a virtual bullet at the draw as McCarthy's side were initially drawn in Group C alongside the Netherlands and Germany, but were moved to Group D due to the UEFA draw rules, which stated that no more than two host national sides could be placed in the same group.

Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg.

They share Group C with Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus.

Ireland, which qualified for the last two Euros, has games in the group stage and Round of 16 in Dublin.

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French coach Didier Deschamps informed Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra that they would be honoured to face his World Champion team.

Belgium, FIFA's top-ranked team that reached the World Cup semifinals, will return to Russian Federation in Group I and also face Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Elsewhere, Ben Davies' Wales are in Group E along with Croatia, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan, while Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko's France go into battle against Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra in Group H.

In qualifying, the 2008 and 2012 European champions are with Sweden, Norway, Romania, Malta and the Faeroe Islands.

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"It's brought energy. It's brought young, hungry players into the group that the supporters have connected with".

The 24-team lineup will be completed in March 2020 when the last four places at the tournament are decided through a new playoff system.

A further four place will be up for grabs in March 2020, when the UEFA Nations League play-offs will take place, a back-door into the summer showpiece for those who did not make it through the qualifying stages.

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