Few scares for Southgate's England after Euro 2020 qualifying draw

Few scares for Southgate's England after Euro 2020 qualifying draw

As Ireland, like the two sides which were already in Group C, is a host country, they were moved down to Group D.

Germany's failure in the newest worldwide tournament, being relegated from a group including Netherlands and France, meant they dropped into the second seeds and they were once again paired with their fiercest rivals Netherlands.

"We'll be trying our best to beat all the teams and whatever's gone on with Denmark in the past is in the past". It capped a miserable year for Germany that saw the world champions deposed with a group-stage exit in Russian Federation in June.

England's group in the Euro qualifiers. The Republic of Ireland have been drawn in Group D alongside Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.

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.

The semi finals and final will be held at Wembley.

Dublin is a host city for the month-long tournament, which has been spread throughout 12 European cities and now Ireland must attempt to finish inside the top two in their group to guarantee their place at the next edition of the Euros.

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani capital Baku has group stage and a quarterfinal match in 2020.

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

Group G: Poland, Austria, Isreal, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia.

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.

Scotland also have a play-off backstop, in this unprecedently complicated qualification process, but will have to get past both Belgium and Russian Federation if they are to qualify directly from Group I. Alex McLeish's team will also face Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino.

Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein.

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.

Regarding Ireland once again facing Denmark, McCarthy said that is about time that Ireland starting taking point from Christian Eriksen and Co.

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. Ireland ended 2018 with relegation from the Nations League.

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