Published On: Sun, Dec 1st, 2019

Euro 2020 draw: England get Croatia and France face Germany, Portugal in group of death | Football | Sport


Euro 2020 draw

  • It’s a good draw for England who can now look forward to a hosting a tournament on home turf.

  • The group of death though most certainly comes from Group F. One of the big boys could be heading home early.

    Group A: Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Wales

    Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland

    Group C: Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Georgia/Belarus/North Macedonia/Kosovo (Play-off winner D)

    Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland/Israel/Norway/Serbia (Play-off winner C)

    Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Northern Ireland/Slovakia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Republic of Ireland (Play-off winner B)

    Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Iceland/Romania/Hungary/Bulgaria (Play-off winner A)

England and Wales will be happy

Generally speaking, Gareth Southgate and Ryan Giggs will surely be pleased with that.

England avoided France and Portugal, and have the chance to get one back on Croatia following defeat in the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

It’s a bit frustrating playing Czech Republic again, but the Three Lions know they can beat them which will give them added belief.

Wales face a tough task trying to get out of Group A but being matched with Turkey and Switzerland will offer them hope they can make it through to the last 16.

Completing the groups

Group A – Italy, Turkey, Switzerland, Wales

Group B – Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland

Group C – Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria, Georgia/Belarus/North Macedonia/Kosovo (Play-off winner D)

Group D – England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Scotland/Israel/Norway/Serbia (Play-off winner C)

Group E – Spain, Poland, Sweden, Northern Ireland/Slovakia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Republic of Ireland (Play-off winner B)

Group F – Germany, France, Portugal, Iceland/Romania/Hungary/Bulgaria (Play-off winner A)

Third seeds drawn

Group A – Italy, Turkey, Switzerland

Group B – Belgium, Russia, Denmark

Group C – Netherlands, Ukraine, Austria

Group D – England, Croatia, Czech Republic

Group E – Spain, Poland, Sweden

Group F – Germany, France, Portugal

Second seeds drawn

Group A – Italy, Switzerland

Group B – Belgium, Russia

Group C – Netherlands, Ukraine

Group D – England, Croatia

Group E – Spain, Poland

Group F – Germany, France

Here we go!

We are underway…

Italy into Group A.

Belgium into Group B.

Ukraine into Group C.

England into Group D.

Spain into Group E.

Germany into Group F.

We’re nearly ready

Carvalho is joined by Iker Casillas, Marcel Desailly, Theodoros Zagorakis, Ruud Guilt, Karel Poborsky, Francesco Totti and Andrey Arshavin to help draw the balls from their pot.

The trophy is returned

Ricardo Carvalho and Joao Mario return the trophy to the stage on behalf of Portugal, who won the tournament in 2016.

The former Chelsea man will play a part in helping the draw.

Mario is still playing for Portugal and is now playing for Lokomotiv Moscow.

Welsh memories

Coverage is now underway on BBC TWO as the build-up to the draw continues.

A montage of their run at Euro 2016 is being shown in which they lost to Portugal in the semi-finals.

Wales perhaps recorded their finest ever win against Belgium in the quarter-finals.

There is a chance they could meet the Red Devils again in Group B.

Euro 2020 draw LIVE: Wales could meet Belgium again

Euro 2020 draw LIVE: Wales could meet Belgium again (Image: GETTY)

Nearly time…

We’re about five minutes away from the start of the Euro 2020 draw here in Bucharest.

Get ready for plenty of strung-out montages in the build up this evening.

We’ll let you know when the action gets underway…

De Bruyne anger

Kevin De Bruyne has hit out at the new formation of the European Championships.

Belgium are with Italy, England, Spain and Ukraine as top sees, but four sides are hosting the tournament.

The Red Devils and Ukraine will have to travel for their matches which means they will have to be in a pot where two nations are hosting.

In Pot 2, Holland and Russia are the other host nations, but Ukraine can’t join Russia due to political tension.

That sees Belgium meet Russia, with Denmark the only hosting nation from Pot 3.

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Euro 2020 draw LIVE: Live updates from as England and Wales receive their fate

Euro 2020 draw LIVE: Live updates from as England and Wales receive their fate (Image: GETTY)

Effectively, Belgium are only waiting to discover the fourth team in their group.

De Bruyne recently labeled the draw “fixed”, hitting out at the format.

He said: “It is a shame, a scandal, honestly.

“This feels like competition distortion, a fake competition. Football is not really football any more, it’s becoming a business.”

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England’s possibilities

England are already aware that they will be in Group D.

That’s due to Wembley hosting three games as part of the group stages.

There is every chance that Scotland could join them, if they end up winning their play-offs (Path C).

They will then be drawn with either France, Poland, Switzerland and Croatia from the second seeds.

Attention will then turn to the third seeds which contain Portugal, Turkey, Austria, Sweden and Czech Republic.

Euro 2020 draw LIVE: The draw takes place in Bucharest

Euro 2020 draw LIVE: The draw takes place in Bucharest (Image: GETTY)

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of the Euro 2020 draw.

England are Wales will receive their fate ahead of next summer’s competition.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will also be keeping tabs ahead of their play-offs in March.

There is a slightly different feel to this tournament, a slight reshuffle will see 12 cities play host to matches.





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