Italy And England Get Easy Draws, While Russia Is Handed A Tricky Test

2018 World Cup hosts Russia have been placed in a tricky Euro 2020 qualification group in Saturday’s draw in Dublin, as they have been paired in Group I with the world’s number one team, Belgium.

Russia who entered the draw as the second seed, will also face Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and San Marino in the group following Sunday’s draw in Dublin.

England, meanwhile, have been drawn alongside Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Defending European Champions Portugal will play Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg while three-times champions Germany have been drawn alongside neighbors Netherlands, as well as Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus.

FIFA World champions France will begin their bid to claim a second major international tournament in succession by facing Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova and Andorra.

The fixtures will commence in 2019, with the first set of game to take place across March 21-26. Further fixtures will take place June 7-8 and 10-11, September 5-10, October 10-15 and November 14-19.


Group A: England, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo.

Group B: Portugal, Ukraine, Serbia, Lithuania, Luxembourg.

Group C: Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, Estonia, Belarus.

Group D: Switzerland, Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Georgia, Gibraltar.

Group E: Croatia, Wales, Slovakia, Hungary, Azerbaijan.

Group F: Spain, Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands, Malta.

Group G: Poland, Austria, Israel, Slovenia, Macedonia, Latvia.

Group H: France, Iceland, Turkey, Albania, Moldova, Andorra.

Group I: Belgium, Russia, Scotland, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, San Marino.

Group J: Italy, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Finland, Greece, Armenia, Liechtenstein.

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