EURO 2020 DRAW | Ireland potentially face tough test in 'Group E'

EURO 2020 DRAW | Ireland potentially face tough test in 'Group E'

EURO 2020 DRAW | Ireland potentially face tough test in 'Group E'

One of the more unique characteristics of this particularly tournament, is not the fact it is being hosted across a whole continent, but rather the fact the group draw has been made without the full selection of teams being known.

Should England top Group D, they will play in Dublin against the runner-up in Group F which is likely to be one of France, Germany and Portugal who were all drawn together.

Southgate and the FA, preparing for those big Wembley games that will grip the nation, will be delighted to miss some of Europe's big football beasts in the group but it may only be a temporary reprieve. That is where Joachim Loew's team will face France in their first match on June 16.

With the play-offs not due to be played until March, and some countries already knowing what group they'd be in, it led to a very confusing draw from UEFA.

France beat Germany in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on home soil, before losing in the final to a Portugal side who claimed the title for the first time.

Should Ireland qualify, they will play their opening two games at home, against Poland on Monday, 15 June and then against Sweden on Friday, 19 June.

Southgate will want to take England one step further than the run to the World Cup semi-final in Russian Federation in 2018 - and playing every group game at Wembley gives them the ideal platform.

With Euro 2020 qualifying pretty much concluding this month, the tournament's group stage draw took place on Saturday with only four of the 24 spots yet to be decided. The other possible opponents are Israel, Norway and Serbia.

England faced the Czech Republic in qualifying, winning 5-0 at Wembley but suffering their only defeat of the campaign in Prague, where they went down 2-1 in October.

Spain will take on Sweden and Poland as well as a play-off victor in Group E.

The European Championship final will be at Wembley Stadium in London on July 12.

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