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Nations League: Republic of Ireland in group with Northern Ireland and Walkes

12 October 2017, 12:38 | Ken Black

Martin ONeill

Martin ONeill

England, meanwhile, could face a three-way group-of-death battle with Germany and Holland to avoid one of the biggest names in European football finding themselves in UEFA's newly-named "League B".

The teams will be divided into four groups of three, with the four group winners, or Final Four, then contesting the Uefa Nations League Finals - semi-finals, third-place match and final - in June 2019.

Germany, Portugal, Belgium and Spain are the top seeds and can not play each other, with France, England, Switzerland and Italy in pot 2.

The UEFA Nations League group games, all teams will play each other home and away, will be held over six matchdays, during the "double-headers" in September, October and November 2018.

But it also means there is likely to be some more convoluted permutations as the Euro 2020 qualifiers draw to a close about who or who could not make the play-offs.

At the end of the qualifying round for the world Cup formed a part of the divisions of the first draw of the League of Nations - a tournament created to replace worldwide friendlies. There will be a normal qualifying competition, with two teams going through from each group.

Teams will be split into four groups of three.

Wales just missed out on League A, edged out by Netherlands, with Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland also in League B with them.

League C: Hungary, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia, Albania, Norway, Montenegro, Israel, Bulgaria, Finland, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania.

In a similar format, the four group winners will advance to the semi-finals.

The draw of the League of Nations on 24 January 2018 in Lausanne. It concludes with the Final Four tournament in the summer of 2019.

League D: Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Latvia, Faroe Islands, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Liechtenstein, Malta, Andorra, Kosovo, San Marino, Gibraltar. The four group winners will be promoted to League C for the 2020 edition.

The new UEFA Nations League stems from the desire of UEFA and its 55 member associations to improve the quality and standing of national team football.

The qualification for Euro 2020 will now now run from March to November 2019, with Dublin hosting the Group draw on 2 December 2018.



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