Lads' Euro 2020 qualifying opponents confirmed

Lads' Euro 2020 qualifying opponents confirmed

Southgate says there is strong competition for places in the England squad ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.

"The group is typically tough", said Germany head coach Joachim Loew, who is under pressure to bounce back after also crashing out of the World Cup in Russian Federation at the group stage.

The draw was also kind to Gareth Southgate's England who will face Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A.

No team will qualify automatically as hosts, although every host country that qualifies will be guaranteed two home games in the group phase.

The draw was incredibly favourable to Ireland who would have been drawn in Group C with Holland and Germany had it not been for a technicality which meant that three host nations can not be in the same group.

"But also we should get excited and should be enjoying these moments".

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan.

"When England come to Pristina it will be the biggest event in the history of football in Kosovo", Kosovo coach Bernard Challandes said.

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Ireland were drawn in Group D against Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.

Holders Portugal also topped their group in the Nations League and will face Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg as they try and defend their title.

World Cup-winners France face Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra in Group H, while Spain are in Group F alongside Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands and Malta.

The tournament will open in Rome on 12 June 2020, with the final to be played on 12 July 2020 at Wembley Stadium in London.

This is the only group without any 2020 host country: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia and Latvia.

Qualifying group stage matches will commence in March 2019 and will end in November 2019.

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.

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.

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At youth level, he won two FA Youth Cups and the U-18 Premier League , as well as a World Cup for England at U-17 level.

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