Euro 2024 qualifying: England drawn with Italy; Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland discover groups

Wales manager Rob Page, Scotland boss Steve Clarke, England manager Gareth Southgate and Northern Ireland boss Ian Baraclough

England had been drawn in the similar crew as Italy – the group that beat them within the Euro 2020 last – in qualifying for Euro 2024 in Germany.

Ukraine, North Macedonia and Malta are the opposite groups in Group C.

Scotland shall be in Group A alongside with Spain, Norway, Georgia and Cyprus.

Wales will face Croatia, Armenia, Turkey and Latvia in Group D, whilst Northern Ireland are joined via Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan and San Marino in Group H.

The Republic of Ireland face a tricky activity as they’re in Group B along the Netherlands and France, plus Greece and Gibraltar.

At the attract Frankfurt, there have been gasps when England have been pulled out to stand Italy, with the Azzurri having overwhelmed Gareth Southgate’s aspect on consequences at Wembley to win the Euro 2020 last.

Italy may also face North Macedonia, who beat Roberto Mancini’s aspect of their 2022 World Cup play-off in March.

England reached the final of Euro 2020 but lost in the final to Italy
England have been denied a primary European Championship after they have been neaten via Italy within the Euro 2022 last

“It’s ironic when you’ve had a fixture like we’ve had and then played them again already again so recently [in the Nations League] that you seem to have these sort of things,” mentioned Southgate.

“We seemed to be playing Croatia every five minutes not so long ago and now its seems we have got that situation with Italy.”

Mancini mentioned: “I knew that we’d get either England or France, but that’s OK. It’s a decent five-team group, no easy matches, all ones we can have a go at.”

England additionally performed Ukraine at Euro 2020 when Southgate’s aspect earned a 4-0 a quarter-final win in Rome.

“We know the quality of a lot of [Ukraine’s] players,” added the England boss.

“We had a good result against them at Euro 2020 but the scoreline did not reflect the quality of their team. They will be difficult games.”

Russia weren’t a part of the draw after they have been banned from Euro 2024 qualification via Uefa following their invasion of Ukraine.

“We don’t know what that [games against Ukraine] will look like politically and venue wise,” added Southgate.

“All of us, of course, have got more that we are thinking about when we talk about Ukraine than football, but the team themselves football-wise are a very good side.”

Scotland have certified for 3 European Championships – in 1992 and 1996, and for Euro 2020, which was once behind schedule via a yr on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

They are assured no less than a play-off position after completing best in their Nations League crew and incomes promotion to the highest tier of that festival.

Scotland’s sport in opposition to Norway will see them face Manchester City’s in-form striker Erling Haaland.

Wales made their European Championship finals debut in 2016 after they reached the semi-finals.

“We’re pretty pleased with the group,” boss Rob Page mentioned.

“We’ve avoided some teams like Belgium, who we’ve played quite a bit in recent years.

“If you attempt to forecast what groups you would favor in comparison to others we aren’t a ways from it. Overall, beautiful happy.”

Northern Ireland were the only home nation not to qualify for Euro 2020, with their only finals appearance having come in 2016.

How does it paintings?

There are seven groups with five countries – and three groups with six teams in them. The four Nations League finalists – Croatia, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain – have gone into the smaller groups.

The top two teams in each of the 10 groups qualify directly for Euro 2024.

Germany automatically qualify as hosts, while the remaining three teams will come via the Nations League play-offs.

The groups get started on 23 March and finish on 21 November 2023.

The groups in complete

Group A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus

Group B: Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Gibraltar

Group C: Italy, England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Malta

Group D: Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia

Group E: Poland, Czech Rep, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia

Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino

Group I: Switzerland. Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra

Group J: Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein

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