England manager Gareth Southgate now knows all of his side’s opponents in the group stages of next year’s European Championships.
The tournament – still called Euro 2020 despite being moved to 2021 – is scheduled to get underway in June next year, 12 months after initially planned.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc across Europe, UEFA has not changed its plans for the championship to be held in cities all over the continent.
On Thursday, while England easily beat Ireland 3-0 in a friendly, Scotland and Serbia went all the way to penalties in their play-off final as they fought for the final spot in the group containing the Three Lions.
In the end it was Scotland who prevailed 5-4 on penalties as they qualified for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.
England’s Euro 2020 group
England have been drawn in Group D. The full group is:
It means England and Scotland will face-off in a major tournament for the first time since Euro 96, when an Alan Shearer header and Paul Gascoigne’s famous volley sealed a 2-0 win for the Three Lions.
The other home nations side in Euro 2020 is Wales; Ryan Giggs’ side have been drawn in Group A alongside Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.
Northern Ireland narrowly missed out, losing to Slovakia 2-1 after extra time in their play-off final.
England’s Euro 2020 fixtures
All three of England’s Euro 2020 group stage fixtures will be played at Wembley.
The dates are:
England vs Croatia – Sunday June 13 2021, 2pm
England vs Scotland – Friday June 18 2021, 8pm
Czech Republic vs England – Tuesday June 22 2021, 8pm
Should England win Group D, they will then play the team that finishes second in Group F, which is the tournament’s ‘group of death’ containing France, Germany and Portugal.
That match would be on Tuesday June 29 in Dublin.
If England finish second, they’d play the winners of Group E – one of Poland, Spain, Sweden or Slovakia – in Copenhagen on Monday June 28.
The final is due to be played at Wembley on Sunday July 11.
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