Euro 2020: England to play Croatia and Czech Republic while Wales paired with Italy
While Wales were placed in the identical class as Italy the next 17, england have been drawn to play their World Cup foes Croatia.
Prior to beating them england suffered a 2-1 defeat at the World Cup semi-final in 2018 to Croatia.
Will play their opening game at Wembley from Croatia. Gareth Southgate’s side will play Czech Republic in addition to the winners of this play-off C route, which could end up being Scotland.
The other opponents from that route are Norway Israel and Serbia. The outcome of this play-offs won’t be known until the end of March next year.
England will face the winner of play-off trail C on the Czechs and June 19 on June 23.
If England top Group D, then they will play in Dublin against the runner-up in Group F which contains Portugal, Germany and France.
The winner of this play-off route A will determines the fourth team in Group F.
If England have been runners-up within their own group, they will face the country who finish second in Group E, that will be included of Spain, Poland, Sweden and also the champions of play-off path B.
Wales were set in Group A and will come up against Italy, Turkey and Switzerland.
Italy, coached by former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, won 10 of their qualifiers.
The Azzurri won 4-0. Wales won their last meeting with Switzerland, a Euro qualifier at October 2011. Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale were the scorers.
The last time Wales and Turkey played with with, at a qualifier to the 1998 World Cup, it finished 6-4 with Hakan Sukur scoring to the Turks.
This tournament’s opening game will see Italy play with Turkey on June 12.
Group A: Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Wales
Group B: Belgium, Russia, Denmark, Finland
Group C: Ukraine, Netherlands, Austria, Playoff D winner*
Group D: England, Croatia, Czech Republic
Group E: Spain, Poland, Sweden B winner
Group F: Germany, France, Portugal, Playoff A winner*
Scotland are involved in the Republic of Ireland and Playoff route C by Northern Ireland
Should Romania win Course A, They’ll Be placed in Group C with the winner of Path D going into Group F
Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand:
Bizarrely England may well want to finish second in their category, to avoid facing the runner-up of this Group F.
Back in Russia, ending behind Belgium within their group provided arguably a more straightforward path to the semi-finals while Belgium travelled up against Brazil and Japan.
If England win Team D, then they’ll face the runner from Group F, including among those winners, World champions France, European winners Portugal and Germany.
Finishing second would imply they face the runner-up of Group E, that now comprises among the play-off winners, Sweden, Poland and Spain.
England’s travel: all group.
Should they top their group, they’ll then travel to Dublin > Rome > Wembley for Indices & final.
Should they finish next: Copenhagen > St Petersburg > Wembley for semi-final and final.
Should they complete third (and so are in the top four third-place finishers), they’ll either go to Glasgow, Bilbao or Budapest for the last-16 match.
Wales’ journey: set A matches at Rome (vs Italy) & Baku (vs Switzerland and Turkey).
Should they top their group: Wembley > Munich > Wembley for Indices and final.
Should they finish next: Amsterdam > Baku > Wembley for semi-final and final.
Should they finish third (and are in the upper four third-place finishers), they’ll either go to Bucharest, Glasgow or even Bilbao for the last-16 match.