England draw World Cup semi-final foes for Euro 2020 group stages
Gareth Southgate’s England have been drawn against Croatia who knocked them out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage in 2018 and the ever-improving Czech Republic. The fourth and final place will be awarded to the winner from play-off path C and could be one of Scotland, Israel, Serbia or Norway.
Croatia famously knocked England out of the World Cup in 2018 with a 2-1 win, after Southgate’s team got the country believing again. He will be hoping for more of the same next summer, and with the likes of first-teamers Kane, Rashford and Sterling hitting peak form and youngsters Sancho, Maddison and Mount pushing for a first-team place, the signs are promising.
England will play all three group games at Wembley, which gives them the home advantage at the perfect time. If England goes on to top their group, they will have a large test waiting for them with the possibility of meeting one of France, Germany or Portugal. If they finish second, they could face Spain, Poland or Sweden.
With second place throwing up a potentially easier tie, some expect England will play for second place; however, Southgate thinks differently, saying: “If you can win and be top seeds you can take control of your own destiny. Let’s hope we have that decision to make, we have to be confident in our own ability and take on whoever comes.
“I’m never sure what a good draw is. We have played at least two of the teams before and for us to be playing at Wembley is something very special and we are really looking forward to the tournament.”
Next year’s tournament will feature 51 matches in 12 cities from Baku to Bilbao with both semi-finals and the final to be played at Wembley Stadium. Euro 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the first European Championships.
The favourites to win the tournament are France just ahead of England, Belgium, Germany and Spain. However, expect another strong performance from Portugal led by Cristiano Ronaldo and with a new crop of talented youngsters – the perfect mix of experience and youth.
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, Path D/A*
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic, Path C**
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden, Path B***
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Path A/D*
*Iceland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary / Georgia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Belarus
**Scotland, Israel, Norway, Serbia
***Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland
Connect with us
View by date
Vegetable curry You don’t need to give up your curry nights just yet; stay on track with your healthy eating plan with this low-fat, vegetarian dish. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes Serves: 4 Nutrition: 207kcal per serving Ingredients 1-2 tbsp red Thai curry paste 500ml low-sodium vegetable stock 2 onions, chopped …Read more...
Excitement is already building for the 92nd Academy Awards which take place on 9th February; but just who are in the running to pick up a coveted trophy? The Academy Awards honours the best films of the year and this year’s event will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, at …Read more...
The season of goodwill to all men has passed, so how about a few days of goodwill to you? Here’s some suggestions for a few days away, whether you fancy chilling out, the call of the wild, or a gin-fuelled bonanza! Congratulations! You did it… you survived Christmas and the new year with your sanity, …Read more...
From unusual shaped mirrors and simplistic interior design to the more abstract, we’ve compiled a list of the top trends to look out for in 2020 Abstract design Predicted to become a massive trend is abstract design, with bold geometric prints, hand-drawn sketches and electric blocks of colour; it’s all about adding your own unique …Read more...
To a New Plastic Revolution It took a series of heart-wrenching images from the BBC’s Blue Planet II series to make people sit up and realise scientists hadn’t been over-elaborating when they claimed the planet was choking on plastic. A sperm whale trying to eat a discarded plastic bucket; the remains of an albatross which …Read more...