News ID: 235148
Published: 0321 GMT December 02, 2018

Germany, Netherlands to meet in Euro 2020 qualifiers; England given clement draw

Germany, Netherlands to meet in Euro 2020 qualifiers; England given clement draw

Former champion Germany and the Netherlands will meet in Euro 2020 qualifiers after being paired together in Sunday's draw in Dublin, but World Cup semifinalist England has little to complain about.

The Germans were the most dangerous team outside the first pot of seeds for the competition, relegated due to poor recent results which included losing to the Dutch in the Nations League, AFP reported.

Joachim Loew's side will also face Northern Ireland, who it met at the Euro 2016 finals, as well as Estonia and Belarus in Group C.

"The group is typically tough, I'd say. The Netherlands and Germany are the favorites, but it should be enough for both (to go through)," said Germany head coach Joachim Loew.

The top two teams in each of the 10 groups will qualify for Euro 2020, which for the first time will be staged in 12 different venues across the continent, including Amsterdam.

And having missed out on both Euro 2016 and this year's World Cup, Dutch coach Ronald Koeman insisted qualifying rather than scoring another victory over Germany is his priority.

"If you look back how it was one year ago and how the public were with the national team, it is totally different at this stage," said Koeman, who has led the Netherlands to the final four of the Nations League.

"They have a lot of belief in the team, the team is showing a good development and now the target is to qualify for the tournament. We need to be there."

The semifinals and final will be played at Wembley, handing England a major incentive to go on and win the competition, fresh from reaching the last four at this year's World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side will be happy with a draw which places it in Group A along with the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

World Cup winner France will meet Iceland and Turkey as well as Albania, Moldova and Andorra in Group H.

But with the top two in each group qualifying, and the safety net of playoffs to determine the last four qualifiers related to final positions in the recent Nations League, the prospect of any leading nation missing out on Euro 2020 is extremely slim.



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