Euro 2020 draw: England avoid Germany as Southgate's men discover qualification fate

Euro 2020 draw: England avoid Germany as Southgate's men discover qualification fate

Euro 2020 draw: England avoid Germany as Southgate's men discover qualification fate

Northern Ireland is ranked 35, two places behind the Republic of Ireland.

Germany's failure in the newest global 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.

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

"But also we should get excited and should be enjoying these moments". You could say the group is less hard because Germany are not there but that would not be true.

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

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.

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

All four teams who will play in Portugal next summer in the Nations League were given groups of five, as were Croatia, but the rest of the groups are teams of six. The hosts of Sunday's draw were paired with Switzerland, Denmark, Georgia and Gibraltar.

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. The Azerbaijani capital Baku has group stage and a quarterfinal match in 2020.

Elsewhere three-times champions Spain were drawn in Group F with Sweden, Norway and Romania.

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

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

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

The winners and runners up from each of the twelve groups will progress to the 24-team tournament.

Regarding Ireland once again facing Denmark, McCarthy said that is about time that Ireland starting taking point from Christian Eriksen and Co. Ireland ended 2018 with relegation from the Nations League.

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