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England well placed for Euro 2020 qualification
Simulations suggest 92% chance
- Our friends at www.football-rankings.info have recently run 10,000 simulations to determine the probability of qualification to Euro 2020. England have a 92.25% chance of making the final tounament with a 87.4% chance of qualifying directly and a 4.85% chance of making it via the playoffs. France, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Portugal and Croatia also have a >90% of doing the same. The simulations were compiled using the complete match schedule of Euro 2020 qualifying including the play-offs in March 2020 for the last four spots.
- Posted: 12th December 2018 12:41pm
England play Netherlands
Nation League semi-final
- England have drawn Netherlands in the semi-final of the inaugural Nations League. The game will be played in Guimarães, Portugal on 6th June 2019. Should Englnad prevail they will meet either Portugal or Switzerland on 9th June in Porto.
- Posted: 3rd December 2018 1:48pm
1000th Game at Wembley
Fixtures list reveals Montenegro
- England will play their 1000th international when Montenegro visit Wembley on Thursday 14th November 2019.
- Posted: 3rd December 2018 10:28am
Euro 2020 Qualifying Draw
England's Eastern Experience
- England will be traveling to the old Eastern Bloc for Euro 2020 qualifying having been drawn with Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A. Matches will start in March 2019 and will be completed by November 2019.
- Posted: 2nd December 2018 12:09pm
Euro 2020 Update
England could play 5 out of 7 games at Wembley.
- You know how the 2018 World Cup stages opened up kindly for England allowing them the progress to the semi-finals? Well, hold on to your hats. The route to a Euro 2020 final could be even easier.
We will explain...
Securing a Nations League Finals place comes with certain benefits. The first is to be drawn in a Euro 2020 qualifying group of only five teams - the second - a playoff place, if required.
There will be ten groups for Euro 2020 qualifying, five groups of five teams (A to E) and five groups of six teams (F to J). The Nations League finalists, England along with Portugal, Switzerland and Netherlands will take groups A to D. This means they play two fewer games than the six team groups. Those extra games will be in June 2019 and will be the semi-finals and finals of the UEFA Nations League.
The top two teams of each qualifying group go directly to the finals. However, should a team which has won their Nations League group - like England have - fail to come in the top two, then a playoff route is open for them. This involves a semi-final and final, the winner of which will also qualify for Euro 2020. There are four such places available for group winners of Nations Leagues A, B, C & D.
Whichever route England take, should they qualify for the finals we already know their group and fixture dates. This is because Euro 2020 is a special occasion. It is the 60th anniversary of the competition and UEFA have decided that for this one off event there will be no host nation, but rather the competition will be played right across the continent. The winning cities who bid to host games were Munich, Rome, Baku, Bucharest, Saint Petersburg, Dublin, Amsterdam, Bibao, Budapest, Copenhagen, Glasgow and London with the latter hosting both semi-finals and final. Each group is allocated to two host cities and if their respective national teams qualify they will play their group matches at home. So we can say for definite that should England qualify they will be in Group D and play their matches at Wembley on 14th, 19th & 23rd June. The only other permutation is if Scotland qualify too. They also will be in Group D and will play their home games at Hampden. There will be a coin-flip between the two teams to decide where the head-to-head game will be played, Wembley or Hampden. A mouth-watering prospect that reminisces of Euro '96.
Progress for England past the group stages will probably take them to Copenhagen or Dublin and beyond to Saint Petersburg or Rome but the real carrot is, should they make it that far, a return to Wembley for the semi-finals and final.
The Euro Gods have certainly been kind to Gareth Southgate and England.
- Posted: 24th November 2018 10:57am