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Nations League Fixtures 2020-2021…

England will play world number one team Belgium, Denmark and Iceland in League A of the 2020-21 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.

Groups in full:

League A
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Netherlands England Portugal Switzerland
Italy Belgium France Spain
Bosnia and Herzegovina Denmark Sweden Ukraine
Poland Iceland Croatia Germany
League B
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Romania Israel Hungary Bulgaria
Northern Ireland Slovakia Turkey Republic of Ireland
Norway Scotland Serbia Finland
Austria Czech Republic Russia Wales
League C
Group one Group two Group three Group four
Azerbaijan Armenia Moldova Kazakhstan
Luxembourg Estonia Slovenia Lithuania
Cyprus North Macedonia Kosovo Belarus
Montenegro Georgia Greece Albania
League D
Group one Group two
Malta San Marino
Andorra Liechtenstein
Latvia Gibraltar
Faroe Islands

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 play Israel in a one-off Euro 2020 play-off semi-final at Hampden Park 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 winning 3-2 at home 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.

What has changed in 2020-21?

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Nations League 2020-21

Image captionTuesday’s 2020-21 Nations League draw was held in Amsterdam

Uefa has increased the size of the top three tiers to 16 countries – meaning each group will have four teams – and decreased the size of the bottom tier to seven.

The teams who win each group in the top division – as England did last time – will go into the finals tournament in June 2021. The teams who finish bottom will be relegated to League B.

Unlike the previous campaign, when everybody was qualifying for the Euro 2020 play-offs, only two World Cup play-off spots are on offer to the 55 countries.

The best two Nations League group winners who do not qualify for the World Cup or play-offs through normal qualifying, will go into the 12-team World Cup play-offs in March 2022.

When are the games?

Matchday 1: 3-5 September 2020

Matchday 2: 6-8 September 2020

Matchday 3: 8-10 October 2020

Matchday 4: 11-13 October 2020

Matchday 5: 12-14 November 2020

Matchday 6: 15-17 November 2020

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Wales win 2-0 and finish in an automatic Euro 2020 slot…

Wales qualify for Euro 2020 with a superb 2-0 win against Hungary! https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/19/wales-qualify-for-euro-2020-with-a-superb-2-0-win-against-hungary/
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Wales 2-0 Hungary: Aaron Ramsey double sends Wales to Euros

Wales 2-0 Hungary: Aaron Ramsey double sends Wales to Euros

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One More Test for Wales

One More Test for Wales

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UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Hungary


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Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid and sign for Red Devils in January

Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid and sign for Red Devils in January

Manchester United transfer target Gareth Bale could leave Real Madrid and sign for Red Devils in January


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Wales win 2-0 away against Azerbaijan to keep their qualification hopes alive…

They now have to win a home tie against Hungary on Tuesday night to qualify for the Euro 2020 Championships.

The 2-0 victory away at Azerbaijan was a comfortable and well controlled match with a great early goal from new Welsh sensation Keith Moore, scoring his second goal in his first 4 games.

The second goal which really killed the game off as a competition, was scored by another new Welsh sensation Harry Wilson on the 34 minute.

Manager Ryan Giggs made some big calls whilst picking the team and will feel that these were good calls and will also be happy with a clean sheet away from home.

https://welshsportsnewsblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/16/wales-win-2-0-away-against-azerbaijan-to-keep-their-qualification-hopes-alive/

Man Utd starlet James following in Ronaldo’s footsteps, says club legend Giggs

Man Utd starlet James following in Ronaldo’s footsteps, says club legend Giggs

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10314086/man-utd-james-following-ronaldo-says-giggs/
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Aaron Ramsey apologises to Cristiano Ronaldo for stealing his goal after fans joke he’ll never play for Juventus again

Aaron Ramsey apologises to Cristiano Ronaldo for stealing his goal after fans joke he’ll never play for Juventus again

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/10296082/aaron-ramsey-apologises-cristiano-ronaldo-stealing-goal-juventus/
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Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer

Daniel James reveals text from Ryan Giggs after completing Manchester United transfer


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Welsh Sports News Via the Welsh Sports News Blog

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Ben Davies: Wales a ‘proper team’ again, says Spurs defender – BBC Sport

Ben Davies: Wales a ‘proper team’ again, says Spurs defender – Ben Davies says Wales have proved they are a “proper team” again during the Euro 2020 qualifiers.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender set up Gareth Bale’s equaliser in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Croatia.

That followed a draw in Slovakia, those games ensuring Ryan Giggs’ side can still qualify for the tournament.

“We looked really solid, we looked like a proper team out there (against Croatia). The boys performed. We’ve been hard to beat,” said Davies.

“And that’s where we want to get to.

“We have been brave in the past and played out from the back a lot.

“But sometimes you just need to slow it down, get organised and get back to what we are good at.

— Read more on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/50047652

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Aaron Ramsey: Wales to assess midfielder’s fitness for Euro qualifiers…

Wales are to assess Aaron Ramsey’s fitness ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifiers versus Slovakia and Croatia

The 28-year-old is travelling to Cardiff today having sat out Juventus’ win over Inter Milan on Sunday.

Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri said the midfielder, who was on the bench, felt a twinge in his abductor muscle while warming up at half-time.

Ramsey is yet to feature in Euro 2020 qualifying due to injury and last played for Wales in November 2018.

But boss Ryan Giggs hopes the former Arsenal midfielder will be involved in key fixtures against Slovakia on Thursday and at home to Croatia on 13 October.

— Read more on www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/49960357

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All of the Wales v Slovakia News ahead of tomorrow’s big match!

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Return of The Dragons: Fans Unite to Bring Barry Town United Back From the Brink of Oblivion.

Return of The Dragons: Fans Unite to Bring Barry Town United Back From the Brink of Oblivion.

Return of The Dragons: Fans Unite to Bring Barry Town United Back From the Brink of Oblivion.
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Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale comes off bench to score 100th goal for Real as they climb up to second in La Liga

Atletico Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale comes off bench to score 100th goal for Real as they climb up to second in La Liga

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Report: Swansea City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Report: Swansea City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Report: Swansea City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday
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Cardiff City up to 15th In the Premier League…

After tonight’s 2-1 against Wolves the mighty bluebirds are now up to the dizzy heights of 15th!

Come on the bloooobirds💪👊🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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Andreas Cornelius, the Cardiff City flop who infuriated Vincent Tan, opens up on torrid time at club

Andreas Cornelius was a disastrous £8million signing for Cardiff City

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Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk vs Cardiff City’s Sol Bamba: The ridiculous stats that suggest Neil Warnock was actually right

The Cardiff City centre-back has recorded better figures than Liverpool’s big money man

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The Aron Gunnarsson question, Everton’s concerns and a key Premier League meeting: things for Cardiff City fans to look out for

The events for Cardiff fans to keep a close eye on over the international break

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The points tally Cardiff City will need for survival and why it should be the lowest in history

Newcastle United, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Fulham are among the other sides eyeing enough points to survive

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