Mar 3, 2020

Nations League Updates:England face Belgium, Wales Faces Republic of Ireland



England will play world number one team Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in League A of the 2020-2021 Nations League.
Wales will face
the Republic of Ireland, Finland and Bulgaria in League B, while Northern Ireland are grouped with Austria, Norway and Romania.
Scotland, also in League B, will play the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Euro 2020 play-off opponents Israel.
The first group games take place in September this year, with the finals scheduled for the summer.
England lost twice to Belgium at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, going down 1-0 in the group stage before losing 2-0 in the third-place play-off.
Iceland famously beat the Three Lions in the last 16 of Euro 2016, while Daniel Sturridge earned Roy Hodgson's side a 1-0 win in their last meeting with Denmark.
"All of the groups are quite tough and it's a really good fixture with Belgium as well - a team we haven't played as much in the last couple of years," England manager Gareth Southgate told Sky Sports.
"The best way to improve is to play the best teams. We got very proficient in the European qualifiers at beating teams who defended deep, and managed to score a lot of goals. But you are only developing one part of your game in those tests.
"These matches will be a greater test of our all-round game."
Elsewhere, Wales are grouped with the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League for the second time in a row. Ryan Giggs' side won 4-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium in September 2018 before securing a 1-0 victory in Dublin the following month.
Scotland, who are due to face Israel in a one-off Euro 2020 play-off semi-final at Hampden later this month, also face the Israelis in the Nations League once again.
Alex McLeish's team lost 2-1 away in the inaugural edition of the tournament, before beating Israel 3-2 at Hampden to top League C Group One last season.
Northern Ireland lost twice to Austria, being beaten 1-0 away before a 2-1 defeat at Windsor Park.
Below are the draws in Full


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