Euro 2020 draw live updates as England and Wales learn group stage opponents – The News
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Euro 2020 draw live updates as England and Wales learn group stage opponents – The News

November 30, 2019

 England will learn their opponents for Euro 2020 when the draw for the finals take place  All eyes are on Bucharest on Saturday as the group stages for next summer’s tournament takes place  The Three Lions will be joined in the hat by Wales, with Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland all in the play-odds  Some things have already been decided with the the qualified nations of 12 host cities already put in specific groups  Gareth Southgate’s side will play all three of their group games at Wembley, with the semi-finals and final also staged in the capital  Euro 2016 winners Portugal will be in the hat, as will world champions France and usual suspects Germany, Spain and Holland  Follow live updates from the draw for the European Championships, which is set to get underway at around 5pm (UK) 15:56Who is in the draw? Pot One: Belgium, Italy, England, Germany, Spain, Ukraine  Pot Two: France, Poland, Switzerland, Croatia, Netherlands, Russia. Pot Three: Portugal, Turkey, Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Czech Republic  Pot Four: Wales and Finland, plus the four play-off winners. Play-offs Path A: Bulgaria v Hungary, Iceland v Romania Path B: Bosnia v Northern Ireland, Slovakia v Republic of Ireland Path C: Norway v Serbia, Scotland v Israel Path D: Georgia v Belarus, N Macedonia v Kosovo15:24TV battle All eyes on the Euro 2020 draw when England will discover their Group opponents for next summer  BBC and ITV will decide who gets first pick of the games with a toss of the coin when they have a fixtures meeting on December 4  The winner can choose to go first for Euro 2020 or the World Cup in 2022. TV execs tend to always choose the next big game 15:00Welcome Gareth Southgate believes England deserve to be feared as they prepare to find out their Euro 2020 opponents  Southgate’s side will discover who will join them in Group D when the draw is made in Bucharest on Saturday  England could end up facing both holders Portugal and world champions France but will have home advantage, with all three of their group games taking place at Wembley  And Southgate feels their run to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, and to last summer’s Nations League finals, means other teams should be worried about facing England  “I think we’ve gained some respect and I think people would view us as a threat, which certainly wasn’t the case ahead of Russia,” he told BBC Sport  “We also know we have got to improve to another level. It’s hard to assess exactly where we are after this qualifying campaign, but if we looked at the World Cup semi and the Nations League semi, we’ve done all we could in terms of qualifying with the most goals in Europe, so we are on a good track  “The difference on one day between any of the top 10 teams is so marginal in football  “It’s different in rugby where only four or five are contenders, with us in the Euros it’s always been more random than a World Cup – you could look at any one of 10 teams and think they could win it ”

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