England, Italy and Germany had been positioned in the identical group within the draw for the following version of the UEFA Nations League on Thursday, a contest during which France will defend their title.
Hungary will full Group A3, the decide of the teams for the competitors which will likely be performed between June subsequent 12 months and June 2023.
The draw means England will renew acquaintances with two sides who they confronted at this 12 months’s European Championship — Gareth Southgate’s crew defeated Germany 2-Zero at Wembley within the final 16 earlier than dropping to Italy on penalties within the closing.
England additionally performed Hungary twice in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup earlier this 12 months, successful 4-Zero in Budapest and drawing 1-1 at home.
“It’s a good group, it will certainly be fun,” remarked Italy coach Roberto Mancini in feedback to the Italian Football Federation web site.
Germany and Italy have met at 9 main tournaments, most not too long ago at Euro 2016 when the Germans gained on penalties within the quarter-finals.
Italy, who should come by means of play-offs subsequent March to keep away from lacking a second straight World Cup, are additionally as a consequence of go to London on June 1 to face Copa America winners Argentina in a brand new intercontinental closing.
The fixtures usually are not but identified however Hungary are as a consequence of play their subsequent two home UEFA competitors video games behind closed doorways as a punishment following “discriminatory behaviour” by supporters at Euro 2020, when incidents of homophobic chanting and racial abuse had been alleged to have occurred throughout a number of of their group video games.
France gained the final version of the Nations League, beating Spain 2-1 within the closing in Milan in October.
The reigning world champions had been drawn to face Denmark, Croatia and Austria in Group A1.
Portugal, victorious as hosts within the inaugural Nations League finals in 2019, will come up towards Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in Group A2.
Belgium, who’re the top-ranked crew on the planet, will play neighbours the Netherlands, Poland and Wales in Group A4.
The Nations League, launched to switch meaningless pleasant matches with extra aggressive video games, splits all of Europe’s 55 member nations into 4 leagues.
Each league accommodates 4 teams of 4 groups apart from the underside League D, which has seven groups in complete and simply two teams.
The match will likely be performed both facet of subsequent 12 months’s World Cup, with group matches from June to September after which the four-team finals — that includes the winners of the 4 teams in League A — in June 2023.
This version may additionally provide a path to qualification for Euro 2024, which will likely be held in Germany, though that has not but been confirmed by European soccer’s governing physique.
The first Nations League included play-offs that allowed one nation from every league to qualify for Euro 2020, leading to minnows North Macedonia popping out of League D to play on the finals.
The most up-to-date version noticed one of the best two group winners from throughout all leagues who didn’t end within the high two of their World Cup qualifying teams earn locations within the play-offs for a berth in Qatar.
Austria and the Czech Republic had been the 2 groups who went by means of in that means and can compete with 10 different groups for 3 locations on the World Cup in play-offs subsequent March.
Scotland and the Republic of Ireland had been drawn collectively in League B, Group 1 alongside Ukraine and Armenia.
The Scots are already as a consequence of play Ukraine in Glasgow within the World Cup qualifying play-off semi-finals.